Education in America is in crisis. Jay and Toni Garland responded to this growing phenomenon decades ago by starting their own school. Feeling dissatisfied after teaching in various private and public schools in Massachusetts and Alaska, and in answer to an appeal by Jay’s brother to educate his large family, they founded a small school in rural New Hampshire. As partners in life and teaching, they ran The Well School for thirty-four years. Their discoveries along the way provide the foundation for their educational philosophy as laid out in The Challenge of Authentic Education series.
In Book One, Joyful Learning in a School Community, we hear first Jay’s and then Toni’s experiences of how their early years shaped their beliefs about education. In sometimes humorous and often poignant anecdotes, they chronicle their individual perspectives of running The Well for the first five years.
At a time when people are searching for answers to the crisis in education, whether in public, private or home-schooling communities, the Garlands provide solutions for everyone involved in educating children.