The 2008 International Democratic Education Conference met in Canada for the first time in its 16 year history. IDEC 2008 was hosted by TES and took place from August 11th to August 18th at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Previous conferences have been held in Japan, England, Israel, India, Germany and Australia with as many as 500 delegates from 25 countries. Attendees of IDEC 2008 included teachers, students, administrators and parents from democratic schools around the world, as well as local education scholars and officials. It featured Windsor House LIVE which was a huge success. The conference was fabulous.
Speakers at IDEC 2008
- Gabor Maté M.D. (website): Physician and author of Hold Onto Your Kids and In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts.
- Don Four Arrows Jacobs: Professor and Author of many books.
- Helen Hughes: Founder and matriarch of Windsor House School.
- Mimsy Sadofsky: Cofounder of Sudbury Valley School and author of several books on Democratic Education.
Yaacov Hecht: Founder of the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel.
Susan Skinner: Windsor House parent, North Vancouver School Trustee
- Peter Prontzos: Professor of Political Sciences, Langara Collage.