Over the course of history, different cultures have known a wide variety of schools. But when and where were the first schools actually established? What kinds of schools were there, and which ones still exist today? How were, say, the Prussian schools of the nineteenth century different from the schools that the European settlers built for North America’s native people? Did Native Americans have schools before the colonial era? How did their children learn? How do the monks in Tibet teach, and what’s it like to study at Summerhill, one of the most famous schools in the world, where the students go to class only when they feel like it and no one ever gets any grades?

This book is a collection of ideas of what “school” means in different countries and times, along with the thoughts, dreams, and drawings of the children.

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