Question: Local Alternative Schools Like England's Summerhill
Original post made by AskingForAFriend on Nov 13, 2013
I remembered having read the book "Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing" by Alexander Sutherland Neill (Author) , Erich Fromm (Foreword) many years ago and was thinking it might be a good idea for my friend to investigate this type of school/therapy. The boy is so frustrating to those around him that the frustration level spirals and escalates, and although he is not violent or anything, he sucks the life out of everyone around him and they end up driving him deeper inside himself.
In other words the family around them while they all seem to care there seems to be nothing to do about this and no way to reach the boy. They need help from the outside, and maybe in a different setting than the house altogether.
Does anyone here in the Palo Alto Online community know of a private school/boarding facility that operates on this kind of alternative philosophy? I think the kid would snap out of it eventually when those around him stop pushing him, he needs space, and of course it's entirely possible he may never develop out of it. They are very well off and I think they ought to give every avenue a try. The normal schools the boy has been to are too driven on tests that he either does not want to take or does poorly on for lack of effort.
on Nov 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm
Peninsula School in Menlo Park sounds like just the thing (you say "young teen"?) I believe it goes to 8th grade. I think there is a high school with similar educational philosophy that goes beyond that; I cannot remember which one.
My best to your friend and their son.
on Nov 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm
Thank you Lindaloo, I will suggest to my friend to look into Menlo Park's Peninsula School for his son.
on Nov 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm
We put my eldest son in P eninsula School at the recommendation of friends who also had a child with learning disabilities. We thought it odd that they never had homework, even in math, and at the end of the first semester, we asked about it. We were told that the students completed all necessary work in study hall, and that unless the child was unable to finish it then, they would not have to being any work home.
When our son aged out if Peninsula School after 8th grade, we enrolled him in PAUSD and he went to Paly. What a shock! Four hours a night of homework his freshmen year, five to six hours a night after that! His grades dropped dramatically, and he began hating school and teachers in general by the end of his first quarter at Paly.
he had loved school at P eninsula, but they had been too easy on the kids and did not prepare them for the real world of serious studying. it put our son at a disadvantage from the get-go.
Peninsula was definitely NOT money well-spent