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..
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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..
Just how do we approach academics at Makarios Community School? In her recent blog, Jannica Morton shared several points of how a Democratic Free..
Maslow’s famous hierarchy of needs is an excellent example of the “upside-down” educational approach that we employ at Makarios Community School. Just..
I’m thankful for seizures...what are you thankful for?
July 17, 2012, is a day forever burned in my memory. It is the day that I witnessed my son have..
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..
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..
When my children were very young; toddler and newborn, I joined a new mothers group that met once a month. There were some wonderful grandmothers..
A Special Day at Makarios
A couple weeks ago we had two special visitors at Makarios Community School, both of them lovely women. One I had the..
I continually meet parents who identify their child as bright, bullied or bored in a traditional institution of education. Recently I have had the..