HERN, Matt

Author Tags: Education

Shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award, Matt Hern's Common Ground in a Liquid City (AK Press)is a collection of essays and images that uses Vancouver as a foil in a global search for what makes cities livable.

Matt Hern calls for 'deschooling' children in Field Day: Getting Society Out of School (New Star, 2004), an examination of how and why society institutionalizes children six hours a day, five days a week, for twelve years. He has also argued for a re-examination of needless and sometimes even harmful safety practices, the result of a culture bent on rendering the human and natural world predictable and calculated, in Watch Yourself: Why Safer Isn't Always Better (New Star, 2006).

With an M.A. from Goddard College and a Ph.D from Union Institute, Hern lives in Vancouver, edits Crank magazine and directs an alternative to school called the Purple Thistle Centre.

[BCBW 2010] "Education"