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    Voices Inside Schools - La Verneda-Sant Martí: A School Where People Dare to Dream

    Montse Sanchez Aroca
    In this article, Montse Sánchez Aroca describes the philosophy, activities, and achievments of La Verneda-Sant Martí, a school for adults in Barcelona, Spain, where Sánchez has taught for ten years. Started as a grassroots project, La Verneda is exceptional as a school for adult education because of the level of involvement of the adults and the democratic process by which students (who refer to themselves as participants), teachers, volunteers, and community members take part in the school’s decisionmaking process. Learning and creating are the responsibility of and for the benefit of the entire school community. This is accomplished through egalitarian dialogue, in which everything is discussed and decided collectively; there is no hierarchy in the school’s structure. Sánchez illustrates why people in La Verneda say that the school is the realization of a dream. As an example, she describes how students with little formal schooling organize literary circles where they read books by authors such as James Joyce, and invite the best writers in the country to their gatherings. They also create associations that make their voices heard at the educational policymaking level. Some of the students at La Verneda go on to receive university degrees and become highly qualified professionals. Sánchez’s descriptions and examples clearly present La Verneda as an example of an emancipatory school for adult education.

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    Fall 1999 Issue

    Abstracts

    The Development of Professional Developers
    Learning to Assist Teachers in New Settings in New Ways
    Mary Kay Stein, Margaret Schwan Smith, Edward A. Silver
    Streets and Schools
    How Educators Can Help Chicano Marginalized Gang Youth
    James Diego Vigil
    The Mind Is Its Own Place
    The Influence of Sustained Interactivity with Practitioners on Educational Researchers
    Michael Huberman

    Book Notes

    Teacher with a Heart
    By Vito Perrone

    Political Correctness
    By Stanley Fish

    School Leadership
    By Kathleen Sernak

    The Students Are Watching
    By Theodore R. Sizer and Nancy Faust Sizer

    Black Power/White Power in Public Education
    By Ralph Edwards and Charles V. Willie

    Learning in the Field
    By Gretchen B. Rossman and Sharon F. Rallis

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