Kees Boeke

Educator, Film story contributor

1884 – 1966

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Who was Kees Boeke?

Cornelis Boeke, usually known as Kees Boeke, was a Dutch reformist educator, Quaker missionary and pacifist. He is best known for his popular essay/book Cosmic View which presents a seminal view of the universe, from the galactic to the microscopic scale, and inspired several films.

Boeke tried to renovate education by letting children in on decisions concerning school. He let decisions be made unanimously. He called this process sociocracy. He designated school as a workshop, teachers as employees and pupils as workers. The goal of this form of education was to teach children a sense of democracy. It was also based on Quaker ideas. He founded one such school in 1926 in Bilthoven, which he led until 1954. The later Dutch Queen Beatrix had to undergo an early education at this school, which she didn't really enjoy, as she later stated.

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Born
Sep 25, 1884
Alkmaar
Also known as
  • Cornelis Boeke
Spouses
Nationality
  • Netherlands
Profession
Education
  • Delft University of Technology
Lived in
  • Alkmaar
Died
Jul 3, 1966
Abcoude

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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