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VIDEO: What is democratic education?

Watch this new and concise video of Yaacov Hecht’s important talk, “What is democratic education?”

Read an Excerpt from Democratic Education

When I began first grade, it became evident to me that I could not learn to read and write. I had two options: to join what the children called “the retards’ class,” or to conceal my condition. I chose the second option and summoned up all my natural talents and energy to carry it off. I learned all the right answers by heart, I pretended to be chronically absent-minded and forgetful, and I copied on exams.

By sixth grade I had managed, through tremendous efforts, to acquire basic reading (to this day I still can’t write without mistakes). At school no one knew—I was an average student, a bit distracted, with a tendency to forget, and prone to illness around exam time; yet good at math and sports, and reasonably good overall.

Deep inside, though, I felt horrible. The huge gap between what I knew about myself and what others knew about me was almost intolerable. I lied systematically, copied, and constantly watched my back, trying to keep all the stories I had told to different teachers straight. I remember asking myself what was wrong with me. I could beat adults at chess, I was a national champion in broad jumping, I had fine achievements in sculpture, and yet, at the end of eighth grade, I still read like a kid who had barely learned to read. The letters refused to join together into acceptable words. How could it be, I asked myself, that in some areas I was strong and successful, while in others—the ones most important to my parents and my school—I was a total failure?

 

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Democratic Education in the Knowledge Age, a talk by Yaacov Hecht

Yaacov Hecht: Democratic Education in the Knowledge Age

Talk delivered at the 19th annual International Democratic Education Conference, IDEC@EUDEC 2011 in Devon, England.

Yaacov Hecht invites you to attend IDEC 2012

“Democratic Education,” a talk by Yaacov Hecht September 22nd at the University of Puerto Rico

 

“Democratic Education,” a talk by Yaacov Hecht is presented by the organizing team for IDEC 2012. See IDEC2012.org for more information.

IDEC 2012 Presents: “Democratic Education,” a talk by Yaacov Hecht.

“Democratic Education,” a talk by Yaacov Hecht is presenting by the organizing team for IDEC 2012. Yaacov Hecht will be a keynote speaker at this event March 24-28, 2012. See www.IDEC2012.org for more information.

Yaacov Hecht is an internationally distinguished leader and visionary in democratic education, learning theory, and societal change. In 1987, Hecht founded the Democratic School in Hadera, Israel, the first school in the world to call itself democratic. Due to the school’s success, Hecht helped to establish a net of democratic schools all over Israel. In 1993, he convened the first International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC); an annual conference that continues to connect educators, schools, and organizations. Shortly thereafter, Hecht founded the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel (IDE), which focuses on making change in the public schools system through democratic education principals. Within IDE, Hecht created an academic faculty for DE teachers. He served as the organization’s chairman from its beginning in 1995 until 2010. In 2005, “The Marker”—Israel’s largest economic magazine—named Hecht one of the 10 most influential people in the social and educational areas in Israel. Most recently, in 2010, Hecht co-founded “Education Cities-the Art of Collaborations,” an organization which focuses on turning educational systems into a central growth instrument for the cities in which they exist. Hecht continues to be a sought after speaker and consultant, and plays an essential role in the movement for democratic education in Israel and around the world. Videography by Josué McGrath Rosario y Taller Cepa de Nuestra Escuela. For more information visit nuestraescuela.org, IDEC2012.org, and YaacovHecht.com

Order Online: Democratic Education by Yaacov Hecht

Democratic Education by Yaacov Hecht

 

In Democratic Education: A Beginning of a Story, Yaacov Hecht takes readers on a journey through personal discovery, the history of the Democratic School of Hadera, and the theories and practical application of democratic education.

As he recounts the founding and early years of the Democratic School of Hadera, Hecht weaves the stories of students, teachers, and parents, together with theories of education, development, and methods of teaching. Equipped with an unwavering commitment to, and unconditional respect for students, Hecht shares how he and others have faced the unseen challenges of starting a school outside of the standardized norm.

An essential book for any educator, A Beginning of a Story explores the place of democratic education in one man’s life, and its capacity to transform the world.

 


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Read more about Democratic Education at: http://www.yaacovhecht.com/democratic-education/

“Democratic Education: A Beginning of a Story describes a fascinating personal journey and recounts the history of the foundation of the Democratic School of Hadera, which has successfully implemented a fascinating and important pedagogical experiment: How to convert the authoritative school into a democratic community, where the students have equal rights. Anyone with interest in education should read this fabulour book, about a unique school which has justly gained a worldwide reputation.”

Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, Former Israeli Minister of Education

Meet Yaacov Hecht

Yaacov Hecht is an internationally distinguished leader and visionary in democratic education, learning theory, and societal change. In 1987, Hecht founded the Democratic School in Hadera, Israel, the first school in the world to call itself democratic. Due to the school’s success, Hecht helped to establish a net of democratic schools all over Israel. In 1993, he convened the first International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC); an annual conference that continues to connect educators, schools, and organizations. Shortly thereafter, Hecht founded the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel (IDE), which focuses on making change in the public schools system through democratic education principals. Within IDE, Hecht created an academic faculty for DE teachers. He served as the organization’s chairman from its beginning in 1995 until 2010. In 2005, “The Marker”—Israel’s largest economic magazine—named Hecht one of the 10 most influential people in the social and educational areas in Israel.

Most recently, in 2010, Hecht co-founded “Education Cities-the Art of Collaborations,” an organization which focuses on turning educational systems into a central growth instrument for the cities in which they exist. Hecht continues to be a sought after speaker and consultant, and plays an essential role in the movement for democratic education in Israel and around the world.