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Status Update on the 1st Democratic Free School in DFW

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So much has happened in the last couple of months. As we have been talking with people in the community it has become obvious that we need to spend some time really sharing the message of democratic free education. So many people assume that we are a "charter school." Therefore, we made the decision to remove the word "school" from our name and became simply: Makarios Learning Community. And that is just what we are; a community learning together in a happy, relaxed environment.

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Makarios Community School - A Place for Everyone

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One of best things about Makarios is the sense of community. Everyone knows each other, everyone helps each other, and everyone has a place in our school- except when they don’t, because they’re new. A prospective student’s trial week and a new student’s first few days can be some of the most interesting things to experience at Makarios, and it really solidifies the sense of community each and every time.

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Supporting At-Risk Students

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Not long ago “at-risk youth” could be defined as a young person exposed to a daily onslaught of gangs, drugs, and violence within a single-parent, low income demographic.  According to the organization: At-Risk Youth Programs, behaviors that result in “dangerous lifestyles” are often the result of stress that kids experience.  In recent years we have seen a shift in demographics of at-risk youth.  With the stress of school, extra-curricular activities, learning differences, and ever-increasing mandates to test and measure progress, our kids are being medicated and go to therapy to “normalize” outcomes.  As a result, our education system in America has created an entire population of at-risk youth from every demographic!

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Democracy = A form of government that gives power to the people.

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The community’s foundation is self-government. During our community meetings, we discuss a variety of topics including the school fiscal report, clubs, field trips, interests and issues. We follow Robert’s Rules of Order during our meetings. As a community the members create and vote upon the constitution and amendments of our school. It is this set of rules that govern our community. These rules define the areas in which our personal freedoms should not impose on the freedoms of the community. Students and mentors learn boundaries, respect, character, debate and consequences within this system.

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