Makarios Community School Blog

October 24, 2017

What do students say about Makarios?

At Makarios Community School, students have an equal vote and an equal voice in the school. While we talk about this often in our blogs, we rarely..

Posted in: educational freedom, Unschooling, Free School, Pursuit of Interests, Behavior & Child Development, Day to Day, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Posts by Kristen, Interest Directed Learning, Education, selfdirected learning, Free Activities For Kids, Democratic Free School, Directed Learning

September 09, 2017

Supporting At-Risk Students

Not long ago “at-risk youth” could be defined as a young person exposed to a daily onslaught of gangs, drugs, and violence within a single-parent, low..

Posted in: Unschooling, Pursuit of Interests, Posts by Donella, Behavior & Child Development, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Interest Directed Learning, Education, Fundraiser, Democratic Free School

August 01, 2017

University-Model High School for the Liberated Youth

Did you know that George Washington Carver was the local “plant doctor” before he turned 13? Or that George Washington was a land surveyor in his..

Posted in: Posts by Donella, Day to Day, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, College & Careers, Education, selfdirected learning, Democratic Free School

July 22, 2017

How to Break the Cycle of a Repetitious Education

Back-to-School

Do you remember being a 5th-grader and savoring those last few weeks of summer before you start back to school? You treasure every day,..

Posted in: Posts by Janni, Parent Support & Education, Behavior & Child Development, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Education, selfdirected learning, Democratic Free School

January 10, 2017

How does playing all day promote learning?

One of the most common questions parents ask about democratic free schools is, “What if they just play all day? How will they learn anything?” This is..

Posted in: Unschooling, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Posts by Kristen, Interest Directed Learning, Education, Reading, Writing

December 10, 2016

A highly functional democracy

I think we’re all asking the questions. Is democracy failing? Has our democracy been hacked? How could that happen? What do we do about it? Are there..

Posted in: educational freedom, Free School, Parent Support & Education, Democratic School, Parents, GivingTuesday, Guest Blog

December 06, 2016

How to Wait : Supporting Your Child in a Democratic Free School

When it was first suggested that I write about this topic, “How to Support Your Child in a Democratic School,” I immediately thought: "This isn’t..

Posted in: Unschooling, Parent Support & Education, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Parents, Posts by Quay

November 15, 2016

Makarios Community School is diversity...community...democracy

Makarios is diversity...community...democracy

I grew up behind the white curtain of Orange County, California...but I didn’t know it.   The street I..

Posted in: Posts by Donella, Day to Day, Democratic School, Parents, Education, Fundraiser, GivingTuesday

November 08, 2016

#GivingTuesday - it's for the kids!

At a recent business networking event I was asked; “So, who is your customer...the parents, or the students?” Without a moment’s hesitation, I said:..

Posted in: Posts by Donella, Day to Day, Democratic School, Fundraiser, GivingTuesday

November 01, 2016

Why we work at Makarios...and not at In-N-Out

This week a new parent at the school asked me: So do you all get a paycheck? Or are you all volunteers? Short of a discourse about how we each have..

Posted in: Free School, Posts by Donella, Day to Day, Self Directed Learning, Democratic School, Education, Fundraiser, GivingTuesday

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