“The Fairhaven School, which opened its doors in 1998, has no tests or grades, and no assigned homework. Its goal is to help students develop two core traits: agency and autonomy. (In response to one of the most common questions posed by prospective parents, one parent and former staffer wrote a blog post explaining how a democratic school differs from other alternative approaches to education.)”
Are your feet, like mine, presently covered by shoes and socks? Do your feet, like mine, stink to high heavens when you take your shoes off in the evening? Do your children, like mine, often spend the entire day barefoot? Probably not, unless your children go to Fairhaven School, where bare feet are allowed and quite common to see, indoors and out, especially in the Fall and Spring.
As we prepare to begin another school year on the cutting edge of education, here is more affirmation regarding why Fairhaven School works. From National Public Radio, then, this piece identifies the vital role of one of the central activities here: play.
The story begins with this: “When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.” After sixteen years of providing a place where young people play as much as they choose, we know its inestimable value. With this latest research, we have further evidence to support our experience. Follow the link below for the story.
Fairhaven School Staff
We have just heard some news from alumna Pallas Bane (Fairhaven School class of 2008.) After graduating from the University of Maryland in Theater Design, Pallas has been working steadily in the local theater world.
Pallas writes: “Here is a shot from Matelot, one of the operas I helped paint this summer at Wolf Trap. I painted the face as my project for this show.
Up next I continue to work at the MD Renaissance Festival on weekends until the end of October. My position as Scenic Charge at American University starts up again a bit before that. I also have some freelance work at Olney Theater coming down the pipe for October. Oh, and Scott and I (Pallas’ husband) are within two weeks of owning our own condo in Greenbelt!”
Thanks for the update, and congratulations on your accomplishments, Pallas.
The students are involved in a myriad assortment of games everyday here at Fairhaven School. Some are established board games with printed rules, others are inventive games much like Calvinball (a game played by Calvin and Hobbes the Tiger) the rules of which are constantly evolving and changing as the game plays out.