‘There is much that can be learned from this school.’

Ricardo Semler
Innovative entrepreneur


‘To me, the heart of this book lies in this one sentence: ‘What would happen if we started to talk with the children, instead of talking to them?’
This book describes in a very open, detailed and honest way, a very different approach to how a school can look like.

This approach is not entirely new. There is a growing number of schools all over the world who have a similar approach. But it is also quite new in its own way.

So, if you are curious to find out what happens if schools really talk with children and listen to them, this book is the place to start.’

Rob Martens
Professor Psychology and Educational Sciences


‘Many meaningful innovations count on resistance. This school and their
ideas received much resistance in their time. Their practice made people
realize that it might be possible to organize education in a different way.
With this book, their own story is written down.’

Now, this book can make you think again.

Jan Rotmans
Professor Transition Science


‘It is actually a sort of handbook, a bible for when you want to start a school. Or even for a startup company, because it is much more than just a vision on education. It is a vision on what it means to be human, a vision on organization. Something that many people are searching for but don’t know how to do it.

The style is light, short sentences, lived through, a sort of naive observations, but the plain truth. Complex matters explained in a simple way.

It is the book on transformation of 2019.’

Yolanda Eijgenstein
Innovative Entrepreneur

‘A compelling story of a school that made other choices. A recommendation for everyone who dares to ask questions about education.’

Joke Tillemans
Headmaster Mondomijn, school for primary education


‘This book is about transition in schools, and courage that is needed from those who work in education.

A must-read for (student-)teachers who believe schools should be reinvented. Education is in a continuous experiment and everyone who is not aware of that is asleep. But you can wake up, there’s always a new morning!’

Robert Viëtor
Director Faculty Education, University of Applied Sciences Leiden


‘From the very beginning of their lives, Native American children were challenged to show their competence and autonomy, supported by a strong sense of belonging and generosity. These four so-called spirits constituted each other with the Circle of Courage.

For me, the work of Bas Rosenbrand and his group is associated with the Circle of Courage. Their initiative, as described in this book, was courageous, based on an unconditional confidence in and respect for the intrinsic motivation and developmental potential of the children, on borderless dedication and great resilience.

The necessity to write this book, as experienced by the author, is justified by the necessity to continue the dialogue on an educational system that our children deserve.’

Luc Stevens
Emeritus Professor Orthopedagogy