No teachers, no school

An interesting experiment is taking place in Hedenderson, a town in Minneapolis.“New Country school” is about a different school with no teachers.
Students don´t take lessons and they just work in an environment which looks like an office rather than a school.All the students come together into a big room, they sit at desks and they spend most of the day in front of their personal computers working on interdisciplinary projects .
There is no bell to interrupt what they are doing and they feel free to move around whenever they want.
There no teachers in the traditional way but “advisers”,adults who are seen as guides to learning.

New Country Principles:

• No classes. Students work on projects they select themselves. Projects are tailored to fulfill state curriculum requirements.
• No teachers. Students consult with "advisers" who are available through the day to guide their work. Advisers do not "teach" in the traditional sense. They guide students' work.
• No hierarchy. The school is run like an agricultural cooperative. Advisers are owners, rather than employees. There is no principal.
• No bells, no firm schedule. Time is set aside for lunch and for quiet reading. Other than that, students choose how to spend their time. If they fall behind, advisers help them get back on track.
• No walls. Students work in an open environment and can confer with other students and advisers as needed. There's no central office.
• And no janitors. Students clean the bathrooms and the rest of the school themselves.

What do you think? Would you like to go to a school like this one? What do you think education will be like in the future? Can you imagine a school with no teachers?

Now, watch the clip and listen to the song! I´m sure you´ll like it.

We don't need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.

We don't need no education
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall. "Wrong, Do it again!"
"If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding. How can you
have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?"
"You! Yes, you behind the bikesheds, stand still laddy!"

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12 Responses to No teachers, no school

  1. Anonymous says:

    We think that it is a school where people are learnig less.

    We would like to go to this school because we would like to be free but we wouldn't like because we have to clean the baths.

    We think that we will have a lot of computers in the class and we won't have books or notebooks in the future.

    We can't imagine a school with no teachers because we think it is very boring.

    *Claudia Maldonado*
    *Raquel Aguilar*
    *Anabel Pino*


  2. Anonymous says:

    We think that this isn´t a good teaching because we believe that we would need a teacher that could explain to us, help us and teach us as well. We wouldn´t like to be in a school like this because we don´t like the environment, it is like an office, and we think that the teachers are very inmportant for a good education, we also think that we can´t learn by ourselves.
    We don´t imagine a school without teachers.

    Saray Nuñez Sanchez y Laura Ortega Ruiz

  3. Anonymous says:

    Firstly, it is a good initiative because it is another way of learning but it also has its disadvantages,we think that it isn`t appropiate,because a teacher can explain better than a computer,a school without teachers should be a hopeless,the students wouldn`t pay attention.In the future education will be more modern,with computers,mobile phones and some other things.
    By:Diego Zambrano and Jesus Gonzalez 1ºBS1

  4. M1k4 says:

    We don't like this idea and we don't like going to a school like this one because we can stay in our home with our personal computeer,whithout a bell,without janitor,whithout advisors and we would be more confortable there. We too disagree that a school without teachers because people don't learn a discipline and people don't learn to live together.

    We believe that in the future all the students will use laptops in class. It will be useful for all the subjects and books, notebooks and other stuff won't last more time in our schools. Because we will use Laptops specially designed and prepared with software that will let us learn.

    Paula Fernandez Chaves ~
    Maria Garrido Navarrete ~
    Raquel Lopez Moreno ~

  5. Anonymous says:

    In our opinion we don't agree with no teacher, no school because we prefer the tearchers explain to us the different subjects so thant we can understand them better.
    We don't like to go to a no teacher school because we think that it isn't interesting. Moreover, in this school we have to clean bathroom and we wouldn't like it!
    In the future the education should have new technologies but wiht teachers who help us and teach us.

    Silvia Luque Ojeda
    Mª Angeles Cebreros Ruiz
    Davinia Osuna Ramírez

  6. Anonymous says:

    We think education in the future will be different.

    A school without teachers will be nice for hard-wordking and responsible students, but it will be bad for lazy students.

    We agree with this system because it lets students work at their own peace, but we think that the obligation of the students about cleaning the bathrooms is horrible... .

    Future seems nice for education because we´ll have personal computers and then all will be faster and we won´t need teachers!

    "Juan Suárez"
    "Pablo Torrecilla"
    "Borja González"

  7. we think that is very good, because they have more freedom to work. they are too free, because they haven't got a teacher. they can choose for themselves what they want and they learn to work alone and without help. we would like to go this school and we think education will be like this in the future. we can imagine a school with teachers

  8. Anonymous says:

    We think that it will be a very interesting school because it will be very funny a teaching without teachers.
    We would be able to go an learn new experiences.
    We think that Education in the future will be more interesting and educational because the news technology will be used in the classrooms.
    We don't imagine a school without teachers, because the teaching will not be the same.

    Samara Fernández
    Mario Blanco

  9. virginia and maria says:

    1.we think that teachers are very important,because they solve problems.Computers are important to give information about subjects some topics, but they can´t teach about all.
    2.yes,because is more enjoyable,but we want learn more things.We don´t like computers.The computers are very slow.
    3.we think that education must be the same way as it is nowadays but whith more tecnologies to help students can speak to teachers by means of internet.
    4.the teachers resolve our doubts and problems and if they aren´t in schools, the students don´t study enough.

  10. Very interesting post and wonderful blog!!
    I cannot imagine a school with no teachers because "real" teachers give students the tools for learning, not computers. Although teachers use computers to change students minds and encourage them to take an active part in the process of knowledge.

  11. Hi Inma,
    Nice to meet you.
    I agree with you but unfortunately, there are few teachers that really think new technologies are useful in teaching.
    By the way, I love your blog!

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