Three Days to AERO Conference! Last Chance!
An Application of One of Neill's Ideas
Table Of Contents
  1. AERO Conference In 3 Days!
  3. Aaron Eden, Education Transformation Catalyst
  4. The Complex History of School Choice
  5. School Starters Course
  6. Links and Calendar

Conference AERO Conference in 3 Days!
Peter Gray at last year's conference in Portland

We now have over 30 people going on the cruise around Manhattan on Wednesday in a pre-conference event. What a way to kick off the conference!

There are many ways you can still join the upcoming AERO Conference. You can simply register at the regular $300 rate for the 5 day conference. It is at LIU/Post Campus in Brookville, NY and goes from the evening of Wednesday the 2nd through Sunday afternoon on the 6th.
BUT, there are many special arrangements you can make, as a student, volunteer, or if you are low income. Also we have a package of registration and a single or shared room available, and we have one or two day rates. If you are within driving distance and want to make a special arrangement, write to and we'll give you instructions. You can also call the office at 516 978 7812.
If you've looked at the schedule you have seen that this year's program is really spectacular. Don't miss it!
The 14th AERO Conference will be from August 3-6 at LIU/Post Campus, Brookville, NY. 
At this point we have people coming from 22 states and the countries of Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the Dominican Republic, Switzerland and Taiwan.  States attending so far are CT, CA, DC, FL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI. WV

You can see the list of organizations attending the conference here.
The complete schedule is now on the conference website. 

Some planned events:

*Visit to the unique Pono Education Center in Manhattan: 11 AM Wednesday, August 2
*Cruise around Manhattan, 2 1/2 hours, 101 sights. We now have enough for the group rate, $35 per person, $29 for children, 1:30 August 2.

*Two documentaries during registration Wednesday evening registration Screenagers and The Moving Child.
*Thursday, August 3, seven TED-like minitalks!
*Thursday 10:3)) AM, unschooling keynote by Dayna Martin.
*6-7:30 Thursday: School's Over book launch, dessert special, networking
*7:30 Thursday Adler Yang documentary, If There is a Reason to Study
*Friday 6 PM, MET founder Dennis Littky
*Friday 8 PM: Alliance for Self Directed Education founder Peter Gray
*Saturday Lunchtime Keynote, 12:15, film maker German Doin, South American alternatives
*7 PM Saturday, keynote , author Jonathan Kozol followed by Gray interviewing Kozol
*Sunday 9:30, minority homeschooling expert Akiela Richards
*Sunday 10:30-12 John Gatto keynote will be read. Please start sending us questions now for John Gatto to answer in advance.  John is writing again and has recently published two new books, but he has not delivered a keynote since his stroke several years ago.
In addition there will be 35 workshops as well as other spontaneous ones. exhibition tables, a Mine Craft server, child care, and other special activities. 

Also, there is c ontinuing education and graduate credit available from Antioch University

Register for the AERO Conferencer now HERE.

Some of you who know about Summerhill might remember that A.S. Neill, Summerhill's founder, used to reward kids who stole. He believed that those children were really, unconsciously, trying to get love through this behavior. By satisfying the unconscious need, by rewarding it and thus showing his approval/love, he observed
that children soon lost interest in this behavior.

As an educator and psychotherapist, I have never used rewards and punishments because I believe that they are tools that adults use to control and manipulate children, they do not consider what the child is needing underneath the behavior, they do not support the development of problem-solving skills, and because they
destroy intrinsic motivation.

Read the rest here.
Eden MCAET Talks: Aaron Eden, Education Transformation Catalyst
MCAET Talks: Aaron Eden, Education Transformation Catalyst

Ed: Aaron Eden will be a presenter at the upcoming AERO conference this week!

MCAET Talks: Aaron Eden, Education Transformation Catalyst

Choice The Complex History of School Choice
By Andrew J. Rotherham 

Even by the standards of the teachers unions' "burn the village to save it" approach to maintaining political power, it was a remarkably cynical ploy: In a speech last week, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten called school vouchers the "only slightly more polite cousins of segregation." It wasn't an offhand remark, but rather a  calculated escalation of the school choice fight and an appeal designed to address politics within her union.

Given the current climate on race in America, it was Trumpian in its naked political opportunism. It also wasn't entirely wrong in its history. Too many school choice supporters suffer from a Trumpian historical amnesia about one aspect of school voucher history.

Read the rest here.
SAS School Starter Course Still Has Openings
The school starter course is limited to 25 students or groups and will close when we reach that number. AERO has helped start over 100 alternatives. Click on the course to see a map of them. 

You can now enroll in this year's School Starters Online Course. If you register now we will immediately give you the benefits of the between courses School Starter Consultation Program, usually $300. You will have full access to last year's course, seeing all the resources and sections. This will get you well ready for the official course in September. At that point the Consultation Program ends, We then start opening up one section at a time and guide you through the interactive process of starting a new alternative. 

Register for the course here. 

Reply to this e news if you have specific questions. 

There will also be a school starter thread at this year's AERO Conference
AERO helped Start Pono, in Manhattan. They can be visited on Wednesday morning and will present at the AERO Conference

Anchor11Links and Calendar
Please send us feedback on this issue. also, we would like to have more articles written by AERO members and about AERO school and organizations.  Thank you for your ongoing support. With  your help , we will make learner-centered alternatives available to everyone!

In Service,

Jerry Mintz
Executive Director
Alternative Education Resource Organization

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