At Brooklyn Free School, Students Control Their Education
by Carolyn Weaver – It’s a typical day in the old brownstone mansion on Clinton Avenue that houses the Brooklyn Free School: seeming chaos masking an invisible order.
Changing School Models
by Kyla Ryman – My son goes to a Democratic Free School, but only after years of hesitation. Now that we are there, I don’t know why I fought it for so long.
The Coolest High Schools Across the Country
by Heather Schwedel (Teen Vogue) – The K-12 Brooklyn Free School was founded in 2004 and is run out of a brownstone in the Fort Greene neighborhood of—you guessed it—Brooklyn.
How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses
by Joshua Davis (Wired magazine) – Where the Radical Schools Are Now: Some schools are finding new ways for technology to fuel students’ curiosity so they can steer their own learning. Founded just under a decade ago, the Brooklyn Free School builds on a tradition of democratic education…
This American Life: Episode:424: Kid Politics
Jyllian Gunther visits The Brooklyn Free School, where there are no courses, no tests and no homework, and where the kids decide everything about how the school is run, including discipline.
At Brooklyn Free School, A Movement Reborn With Liberty And No Testing For All
by Lucas Kavner (Huff Post Education) – On a recent Wednesday morning at the Brooklyn Free School, a class was in session. Ten students, ranging in age from about 12 to 16, sat around a table having a heated debate about chemistry. And superpowers.
Brooklyn Free School Plans Service Learning Project in Tanzania
by Julia Wasson (Blue Planet online magazine) – Imagine you’re attending a public school where you can determine what you will study based on your interests. Imagine planning a trip that you will take with your classmates, teachers, and parent volunteers half a world away. Now imagine that you are only six years old.
Free to Be Me
by Gia Rae Winsryg-Ulmer (YES! Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions online magazine) – At “free schools,” kids take ownership over their learning, deciding what they want to learn and when they want to learn it.
The Brooklyn Free School Observations and Reflections
by Kate McReynolds (Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice)
Video segment by Telemundo Spanish language television station.
Segment is in Spanish and may take several minutes to load.
Radio segment by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. Aired in the fall of 2006.
Segment is in Swedish, with quotes in English by Brooklyn Free Schoolers.
No grades, no homework, no tests: Students rule this New York school
by Nahal Toosi (The Associated Press) – One recent day at the Brooklyn Free School, the “schedule” included the following: filming horror movies, chess, debate and making caves for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
by Aaron Gell (The original unedited article that was cut by 4,000 words for the New York Times)
The Land of the Free
by Aaron Gell (The New York Times)
Kids Will Be Kids
by Tiffany Meyers
One Man’s Solution to the Educational Rat Race
by Tara Bahrampour (New York Times Article)