Recommended Reading

Books and articles to further your journey

Recommended Reading

The Circle School is part of an international movement of democratic schools with a rich and ever-evolving body of literature.

Below are some books we frequently recommend to families and educators interested in diving deeper into democratic education philosophy and practice, as well as some that aren’t directly about democratic education, but have informed our thinking and practice over the years and offer valuable tools for parenting and life.

In print

When Kids Rule the School

by Circle School
co-founder & staff person
Jim Rietmulder

Free to Learn

by Peter Gray

Free at Last

by Daniel Greenberg

Online

Circle School Graduates in College

A 2015 look at Circle School graduates

Wanted: A Few Good Females

A discussion of why it’s important to consider self-directed democratic schooling for our daughters. By former Philly Free School staff member (and current Circle School parent) Michelle Loucas.