The book A New Morning is out!
More than one-and-a-half years of writing. Going through all the notes, documents, memories, reports and photos from years past. Having conversations with some of the students and staff. Making a selection with co-founder Eefke Eijgenstein: what should be in it and what can be left out? How to create an overview, so that readers will be taken along in the process of the school?
After one time writing, writing it again, (and again) so that the material gets to the core.
The result is a book that describes our adventure, from the first ideas, the four years of preparation, our discoveries of what is possible with young children in a regular school, the start of our school, the process of the children, how to co-create the lessons with the children, the reactions of the society and the government, and what happened to the children and the teenagers when they went to other schools.
A book of 470 pages, from which 70 with full color photos.
It was a rich time. We still learn in hindsight from what have experienced at that time.
People who have read the book tell me: ‘Now, I look different at my own children at home, and I have a different view on education.’ Or recently, someone wrote me in an app: ‘The book has brought me on a different track of thinking.’
That is what this book is about.
The core of the book
This book is about how to create an environment in which you can learn and co-create together.
Our question was not: does the teacher have to decide about everything, or do the children have to decide for themselves. Instead, we started with the relation. When you have this, you can look from the perspective of the child and understand more what it needs.
From this place, you can provide the whole range from giving space, being there with them, joining in activities, having a conversation, taking decisions together, making a plan, co-create lessons or provide lessons, to taking by the hand, for those children who are not able to overcome their inner blocks.
Our core-question was: what do children need. Therefore we started with an open space. When we would have started with our own program, the program would have become leading.
Now we have been able to explore new areas. Whether you can find yourself in our approach or not, we have experienced new elements and perspectives of learning. We have found new possibilities.
What others tell about the book
‘There is much that can be learned from this school.’
‘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.’
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.
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.’
‘A compelling story of a school that made other choices. A recommendation for everyone who dares to ask questions about education.’
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!’
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.’
Emeritus Professor Orthopedagogy
How to order the book
The book is 470 pages, 70 in full color, 1400 gram, 30 euro.
If you want to order the book, send me an email with your address, how many books you want and what the postal costs are. Send 30 euro plus postal costs to:
- Bas Rosenbrand
- Triodosbank NL39TRIO0338870679 (the BIC code is TRIONL2U)
- With your name and ‘A New Morning’
The price is including 6% VAT
As soon as the money is received, I will send you the book and you get a message that the book is on the way, including an invoice/receipt.
1 book € 3,80
2-4 books € 8,15
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany Italy, Luxemburg, Spain and the UK
1 book € 13,-
2-4 books € 19,50
Other countries in Europe
1 book € 18,50
2-4 books € 25,-
1 book € 24,30
2-4 books € 34,30
Over the last years, I have given workshops and lectures about what we have learned and about development of children in schools and conferences in the Netherlands, in Warshaw, Mikkeli (Finland), Barcelona, Budapest and Madrid.
Some of the subjects:
- The story and what we have learned in our school. What worked, what didn’t work as expected, what is the new role of the staff and what skills are needed?
- How not to start a school (based on our experiences with the national movement and similar patterns in other countries)
- Natural development of children: a framework
- Playing: five zones of development
- Systemic management: how to run a school from a systemic perspective
- Roundspeak: how to do meetings
I have guided and I am guiding schools and projects in the startup phase and during the first years.
I help in the design of projects, to create overview, to find the core question and to generate a collective direction.
If you see options for your project or if you have questions, send me an email. We can find out what is possible.