A Look Back: How forts became huts

The New School Montessori has a long history of listening to children’s ideas. And there are numerous forums where children can voice concerns and work for change. Morning meetings are held in every level and are good places to discuss what is working and not working in a classroom. Our (9-12) students often share their concerns with their elected student senate members who bring those issues to the fore.

Back in the early 2000s, a (9-12) student named Char Daston pointed out that the word “fort” is incongruous with The New School and our peace-loving ways. These structures that kids had been building since 1970 needed a different name. The word “hut” was suggested, and that’s what we’ve been calling them ever since. Thanks, Char, for your observation and help!


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