Satu Repo

Satu Repo is a Canadian writer, educator, and sociology professor. She is of Finnish-Canadian descent.

Satu Repo
Scientific career
FieldsSociology, Education, Politics

Helped found This Magazine Is About Schools in 1966

In 1966 Repo, George Martell, Bob Davis founded "This Magazine Is About Schools".[1][2] In its initial years the magazine's articles were devoted to both education and politics. After several years the magazine changed its name to simply "This Magazine", and changed its focus to politics alone. It has been called "The most important source of early writing on Canadian alternative education."

In 1971 Repo edited a 457-page anthology of articles from the magazines first four years.[3][4]

Helped found Everdale Place

Repo and George Martell were among the founders of Everdale a rural, residential "free school".[1]



Repo and George Martell raised several daughters, including Canadian actress Liisa Repo-Martell.

Satu Repo is the niece of Finnish journalist Eino S. Repo.


  1. Harley S. Rothstein (January 1992). "The New School, 1962=1977" (PDF). University of British Columbia. p. 19. Retrieved 2012-05-17. The most important source of early writing on Canadian alternative education is This Magazine Is About Schools, founded in 1966 by Bob Davis, George Martell, and Satu Repo. The editors were connected with several alternative schools in the Toronto area, most notably Everdale Place, a rural free school northwest of the city, and Point Blank School in downtown Toronto. The magazine included accounts of experimental schools and educational communities, reflections on youth and alternative schooling, and practical suggestions for political organizing on educational issues.
  2. Miryana Goloubovich (Summer 2002). "Standing on Guard for THIS: A salute to 35 years of independent thought". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Archived from the original on 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2012-05-17. Now a national magazine with a political focus and a paid circulation of over 5,000, This was once distributed in an ice cream shop in Toronto's Cabbagetown. Known simply as This since 1995, it started out as This Magazine Is About Schools in 1966. Bob Davis, Satu Repo, and George Martell, a trio of radical teachers, put the first issue together in the basement of an alternative school on a farm near Guelph, Ontario.
  3. Walter Clemons (1971-01-22). "School Days, School Days". New York Times. p. 36. Retrieved 2012-05-17. Have you read, do you know about, a magazine out of Toronto called This Magazine Is About Schools? I hadn't until this book came along.
  4. Ivan Illich (1971-03-21). "This Book Is About Schools; Edited by Satu Repo. Introduction by Herbert Kohl. Illustrated. 457 pp. New York: Pantheon Books. $7.95". New York Times. p. BR47. Retrieved 2012-05-17. This book is a representative anthology of pieces that have appeared in the quarterly, This Magazine Is About Schools, published on a shoestring in Toronto since April, 1966. This Magazine has served as a scrapbook record of a happening – the free-school explosion, which has engaged the fulltime services of more Americans than any other part of the "Liberation Movement" or the New Left.
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