Apparently they are planning a reality TV show that might be named “Kids Nation” where 40 children are allowed to develop their own society for 40 days. The claims are that there is “no parental supervision”, but of course with many TV cameras watching I’m sure that even the most stupid children can work out that there are reasons to behave relatively well. Also I’m sure that they will remove children from the show if it becomes necessary to avoid injury.
It will be interesting to see how well this develops. Maybe it could evolve into a new form of schooling, just leave children alone in a school with lots of security cameras watching them and let them study or not as they wish. It would be cheaper than running a regular high-school, and as there is little scope for providing a worse education than many (most?) high-schools currently provide it should be worth a try.
For a long time I have thought that the premise behind The Lord of the Flies was bogus. I believe that a major contributing factor towards much of the violence that is present in schools is the pointlessness of the entire system. There are very few students who are so stupid that they can’t realise that the education system is failing them. Whenever you put a large number of people in a confined space with nothing useful to do the results will be bad. If a group of students from a violent school were placed on an island without any supplies then I’m sure that they would soon realise that they need to cooperate to stay alive.