Inger Nordheden (2014)
Translated by Roger Brett from ”Här är vårt liv. Vårt liv på Kastanjen”
”Här är vårt liv! Vårt liv på Kastanjen!” skrevs av Inger Nordheden till Freinetskolan Kastanjens tjugoårsjubileum. Så här börjar boken:
A Journey in education
The first 20 years
Life at the Freinet school Chestnuts.
You have to have dreams! With these words I began my book Adventures in education back in 2004. It is a book about Celestin Freinet´s (1896-1966) teaching method, also known as the Modern school movement. At that time my dreams were all about being able to offer some children and young people a decent primary and secondary school education. It was to be a junior and a senior school to which parents could safely entrust their children. The next thing was to round up a bunch of dedicated teachers and staff, people who derived great pleasure from going to work.
Well, all of this above came true with the inauguration of the Freinet school Chestnut. That´s were it all happened. I spent a large slice of my life there and most of my dreams came to fruition there.