Signed Copy of "The School That's Inside You" by Clonlara Founder, Pat Montgomery


Signed Copy of "The School That's Inside You" by Clonlara Founder, Pat Montgomery

Donated by: Pat Montgomery, Clonlara Founder

Donated by: Pat Montgomery, Clonlara Founder

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**Signed copy with personalized message from Pat. Equal parts memoir and history, The School That's Inside You puts an "amen" to the aphorism: Question Authority. The free school movement and the home school movement, both of which re-surfaced during the 1960s and 70s, continue to flourish and to affect changes on today's educational scene. This book underscores the how and the why of those phenomena. Politicians and reformers focus on accountability and testing and insist upon reducing the meaning of education to preparing youngsters to be mere consumers of goods. Meanwhile, millions of students simply disengage and gifted teachers exit the field. Learning is as natural as breathing, John Holt said. Montgomery shows what facilitating self-designed learning can mean in the lives of children and of the adults who work with them. A respected teacher, she examined widely-held and largely unquestioned conventions and chose instead to follow her own intuition. Rather than proceed with the tradition of valuing conformity over creativity, she concentrated on seeing the child as the curriculum. In a democratic society, there ought to be free choice. Not only for adults, but for the very people whom schools purport to serve, children. Her major message is listen and trust. Or get out of the way. Book can be shipped within the United States.

A note from Clonlara School: Join us in celebrating Clonlara School’s 55th anniversary of serving students and families in Michigan and around the world! Clonlara is a nonprofit that relies on a combination of tuition and fundraising revenue to support our programs, and we are excited to be hosting an online fundraising auction, Thursday, October 20–Sunday, October 23, 2022. This is a major fundraiser for our school, and all the funds raised will support scholarships for students needing tuition assistance in the 2022–23 school year. To achieve our $15,000 goal, we depend on the generosity of our school community and others who believe in our students and our mission. We ask you to support us by bidding on an auction item or making a cash donation. THANK YOU! We especially want to thank our event sponsors SHIFT and the Benard L. Maas Foundation for their outstanding support of this important event. Thank you for your generous support! Without it, a number of students would not be able to study with Clonlara this year. We wish you the best of luck with your bids. The auction opens on Thursday, October 20, at 12:05 a.m. (EDT, GMT-4), and closes on Sunday, October 23, at 9:00 p.m. (EDT, GMT-4).”

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