Head First Video: The Modern School of Stelton

The Head First crew explored the grounds of the Stelton Ferrer Colony with a former resident and discovered one of the most significant radical communities that existed in New Jersey.

The Modern School, based on the ideas of Spanish anarchist Francisco Ferrer, was a radical program of freedom in education. After Ferrer was executed in 1909, anarchists and social reformers founded Modern Schools in many countries, and the movement took root in the United States. From 1915 to 1953, a community anchored by a Modern School existed in Piscataway Township, New Jersey.

Head First took a tour of the old Ferrer grounds with Bob Vinik, who grew up in Stelton and attended the Modern School. He gave us a fascinating picture of community life and how students grew into successful adults. We also got a chance to see how the land of the old colony has changed as Piscataway Township grew around it. It was a pleasure meeting Bob and discovering the unique history around the corner.

3 thoughts on “Head First Video: The Modern School of Stelton”

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you like it – this makes me feel even better about the video.

  1. Jim Dick was my grandfather.
    His mother and father were Jim and Nellie dick, they ran this modern school in NJ.

    He became a world renowned Physician, graduated from Columbia Medical School, and passed away in 2006 From cancer.

    I know he mentioned Jim Dix, but i felt compelled to announce the similarity.

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