Cooperative Community Schools

I will be talking about how to organize and sustain cooperative community schools March 25th.

iloilo march 18 2011

And here’s the outline of the talk.  If you need more help in getting a school set up, leave a note for me here at the web site, which I check at least once a week.

Cooperative Community Schools

Iloilo Marguerite Jones


1.    Quality, freedom-oriented education for your children or grandchildren;

2.    Rescue families from government indoctrination;

3.    Building sustainable long-term educational models for community and future generations;

4.    Modeling cooperation, voluntary institutions, and independence through community schools.


A.  Home-schooling with independent model curricula and shared enrichment classes;

B.   Shared-schooling with several families cooperating to provide well-rounded educational opportunities and enrichment classes;

C.   Multi-family cooperative schooling in a single classroom setting;

D.  Community schooling in a multiple-classroom setting;

E.   Other models limited only by your creativity, time, and willingness to work hard.


i.   Begin by home schooling, that traditional, historic means of educating one’s children;

ii.   Enlist talented and knowledgeable individuals to augment and enrich your home school program;

iii.   Join with other home school parents to take advantage of external resources and teachers;

iv.   Form a shared-schooling cooperative to share curricula, teaching, facilities, and external resources;

v.   Recruit new families to join your efforts—just make sure everyone is clear about the commitment this is for them;

vi.   Start a community one-room school in your church, synagogue, community center, or any other place that is safe, clean, and healthy;

vii.   Ramp up your efforts! Find a church with unused rooms during week days, and enlist the church to sponsor your school.  Return the favor by cleaning, being active in their community, and helping out with church-related projects.

viii.   Ramp up your efforts!  Find a community center with unused space, and  make use of those facilities for classrooms, classes, meetings, and perhaps the eventual creation of your own community school trust, which will build or remodel to suit the educational needs of your community.

Model Characteristics:

1.    Independent Design: remember that you can have such attributes as adult learning as well;

2.    Strive to develop a model that you can share with others, and invite them to visit and learn.

3.    Document your development, and share those steps with others as you assist their efforts;

4.    Build your model based on Cooperation, Voluntary Association, minimal or no government involvement; no power structure; rotating Board of Trustees or directors;

5.    Build in a high level of commitment of time and energy from all families, including repairs, maintenance, cleaning, fund raising, volunteer time at the school or classroom;

6.    Build an endowment for your school, with specific earmarks for the funds or income from the endowment;

7.    Work every year to have a surplus in the budget, and make this a significant and well-understood goal of the school;


A.  Healthy children with healthy minds who have critical thinking abilities;

B.   Literate children who can hold conversations with all individuals of any age;

C.   Cohesive families who know how to work together to achieve common goals;

D.  Introduction of unique models for education and cooperation within a community based on voluntary cooperation;

E.   The validation of voluntary models to be compared to coercive models;

F.   The introduction of the cooperative concept into the larger community, and the opportunity to express its efficacy in the face or increasingly draconian government coercion;

G.  A sense of self-governance, self-responsibility, and self-achievement;

H.  Building a community based on cooperation rather than coercion, because the model will be inoculated into other paradigms of human existence.   Have fun!

iloilo march 24 2011


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