Originally Posted by greenfamily
Dear Debe, our family is thinking about moving to Windsor House school from New Zealand. What you wrote made me think we need to research a little more. can you please tell us about your experiences living in Vancouver and whether you have found any other schools in Canada or not?
Geez I hope this posts this time. I'm finding this forum much more frustrating to use than it used to be, and this is my fourth try...
hi, I tried writing earlier. I had written out a huge long letter and because I couldn't remember my pass word it was lost in the confusion.
I do frequent the site but do not post much as I am fairly busy.
The north shore of vancouver is where I live. And it is definitely gentrifying. The majority of folks do not like what north van city is allowing in regards to high rise and high density building. A major consideration is that the infrastructure was already under what is needed and now there is considerably more weight being supported by that same infrasructure. There is also questionable decision making, but it is convoluted and difficult unless involved in the day to day or week to week happenings. Some good things are not what they seem and some bad things are likewise, not what they seem.
Downtown there is considerable gentrification and has been since at least the last ten years. For more info in that regard, this is a start: http://downtowneast.net/category/gen...-displacement/
Unless you have a substantial income, it is very difficult. Most of the families I know fall into that category. Even home owners have to rent their basements out at 12-1600 dollars a month. Personally, I do not think it is worth that much to live in any basement. I have looked at quite a few. One family of our family friends, live in Hazelton which is around ten hours north eastish of us. They are very well off business owners and they are here as they are selling the business and the transition is taking around a year or so. They have mentioned that there is no way they would ever buy in Vancouver, and that the cost of living is crazy.
All of that said, I would likely live in hell if it meant remaining in the Windsorhouse community. My daughter and I love the people. That does not mean we all agree or even have our kids in the school for the same reasons, but we do seem to all have the ability to respect each other and value each for who we are. That is the main thing that the children grow to learn.
Personally, I would never subject my child to a common public or private school. We are there because I feel inadequate to provide a radical unschooling for my child, and because The growth that I witness and that I experience is priceless. It seems like chaos to some when they come in, because children go where they will, and pee when they need and eat when they choose, without having to ask or sit in desks or adhere to a curriculum, or a set of rules that they do not have a part in making.
Even the youngest of children has a respected voice.
We have a democratically run environment and no set way of working. It is determined as needed. Yet people seem to graduate, and attend university if that is their choice, go on to start businesses and become influential in the community at large. Like any population, some do not feel Windsorhouse works for them. We help them determine what and/or where will do so.
It does not have a cultish feel like some school communities that I have been around.
Here is a video of an interview wth Helen Hughes who started the school: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byV4l4jCItQ
If you have been on the Windsorhouse web page then you have likely seen Megan, who is Helen's daughter (for whom the school was initiated 45-ish odd years ago) and the principle of the school, currently.