The short version: I’m a Jerusalemite, back in Israel after five years in Leipzig, Germany, where I studied and worked in theoretical linguistics. Now I work in an office and take part in Leftist political activities on my free time. I’m a founding member of the European Democratic Education Community (EUDEC) and before that I was a co-founder and alumnus of Sudbury Jerusalem, a Sudbury school in Israel.
The long version:
In 2001-2, at the age of 14, I was involved in starting Sudbury Jerusalem, Jerusalem’s first (and so far only) Sudbury school, which I then attended for four years as a student. I was (and am) the school’s first graduate. I have since continued to care about democratic education, and for years I have been speaking, sporadically, about democratic education, mainly giving talks for school startup groups. I’ve listed some of my talks below.
In 2007, I became involved in creating the European Democratic Education Community and organizing the EUDEC 2008 conference. In 2008, at EUDEC’s founding assembly, I decided to put my experience in democratic meetings to work and ran for Council, EUDEC’s managing board. I remained a highly active member of EUDEC Council until 2011, when I stepped down to focus on my degree studies, and was Chairman of Council from late 2009 until then.
Since I began my studies in 2008, linguistics has become an important part of my life. I am mainly interested in generativist theories of morphology and syntax (which I often think of as one thing called morphosyntax). A while back I wrote about why I like something as boring as grammar here: “Why Grammar?” For more about that stuff, see my Linguistics page.
I’ve always been concerned with my homeland (Israel)’s prospects for peace. A feeling of hopelessness was part of the background for my leaving. For a while I tried to avoid this painful topic, but it caught up with me eventually, and for the past couple of years in Germany, I couldn’t help but follow the goings-on in Israel with sad horrified fascination and an intense need to do something to change things. So, after completing my degree, I moved back.
OTHER FINE THINGS
Below are some interviews I’ve given, and some of my talks and articles, mainly about democratic education. Linguistics stuff is on the Linguistics page.
- (January, 2009) Sandra Anusiewicz-Baer: “Powermentsch”, Familienmentsch [German]
- (June 29, 2008) Simone Kosog: «Freiheit macht Kinder klug!», Tagesspiegel (also run in Potsdamer Neuste Nachrichten, see scan here: link) [German]
- (August 3, 2005) Ole Schulz: «Industrielle Schulen ruinieren Schüler», taz [German]
- (March 2009) “You say you want a revolution?”, unerzogen magazine (German)
- (Spring 2008) «Man kann sagen, was man will», unerzogen magazine(German, English title “The Secret Weapon”)
- English pdf: download here (my final draft, before translation and editing by unerzogen)
- (2008) «Die demokratische Struktur einer Sudbury-Schule» and «Selbstregulierende Demokratie» in Demokratische Grundschule – Mitbestimmung von Kindern über ihr Leben und Lernen [German], Universität Siegen
Talks and appearances
- (August 25) Workshop (“democratic schools”) and talk (“actively doing education”); more info, including talk transcript, here (German).
- (March 6) Panel at IDEC 2010 in Tel Aviv, “Democratic Schools: Where are they Heading?”.
- (January 20) EUDEC talk at University of Halle, “Democratic schools”. EUDEC Halle
- (September 17) Discussion about Sudbury schools, Det frie Gymnasium, Copenhagen
- (September 14) Open Q&A for parents, Den Demokratiske Skole, Roskilde, Denmark
- (September 13,18) Workshops for staff, on Judicial Committee and staff selection and evaluation, Den Demokratiske Skole, Roskilde, Denmark
- (August 7) Discussion about democratic education, national summer camp of the German Green Youth (Grüne Jugend), Burg Lutter
- (August 1) Discussion about Sudbury schools, open session, EUDEC Annual Assembly 2009, Cieszyn, Poland
- (February 9) «Unsere Kinder – die kleinen Forscher von heute, die großen Wissenschaftler von übermorgen?», for Freie Demokratische Schule NordWest e.V., Oldenburg (Oldb.)
- (January 20) Presentation and discussion about Sudbury schooling, «Schule neu denken», Leipzig
- (October 13) Panel discussion after screening of Democratic Schools (a Jan Gabbert film), LIWU, Rostock
- (September 16) Online lecture and discussion, eVideo conference, FHTW Berlin
- (July 31) “Understanding Video Games”, EUDEC 2008, Leipzig
- (April) Internal workshop for association members, Sudbury München, e.V., Munich
- (April) Public talk, Demokratische Schule Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
- (September, 2007) Tagung: Demokratische Grundschule, Univeristät Siegen, Siegen
- (April 2006) “Self-Directed Education from the Perspective of a Student”, «Schule im Aufbruch», Universities of Freiburg and Leipzig (for Kapriole Freiburg and Freie Schule Leipzig)
- (August 5, 2005) “Curiosity or Curriculum: a Provocation or a Contradiction?” (panel discussion), IDEC 2005, Berlin
- (August 4, 2005) “Self-directed education: The perspectives of a Sudbury student”, IDEC 2005, Berlin