A.S Neill’s Summerhill School, a co-educational boarding school in Suffolk, England, is the original alternative ‘free’ school. SUMMERHILL A RADICAL APPROACH TO CHILD REARING By A. S. NEILL With a Foreword by Eric Fromm TO HAROLD H. HART I hope you will get a . Summerhill School. Neill founded Summerhill School in in Hellerau near Dresden, Germany. Today it is a boarding and.

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On the contrary, he criticized and nagged her all day long. Neill deeply trusted in the ability of the student to direct his or her own learning.

Credit is due under the terms of this license that sunmerhill reference both the New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer a.sneill of the Wikimedia Foundation. Education must be both intellectual and emotional. Let me put it another way. What kind of children needed P. Translate Hamlets, To-be-or-not-to-be speech into Summerhillese.

So that the face becomes the outside picture of the inner-self. At Summerhill we have proved, I believe, that self-government works. He wrote in that “Summerhill is clearly one of England’s greatest schools” and that the decline of this experimental school a.s.jeill was a tragedy.

Destructiveness is often unconscious, as illustrated through his experiences with the tools in his workshop which is now locked, as are the lab, pottery, theatre, etc. The sequel is worth recording.


In Summerhill School authority does not mask a system of manipulation. I knew that only rude things really interested him.

My experience tells me that every illegitimate child knows unconsciously that she is illegitimate. He moved to England in and started Summerhill in Lyme Regiswhere the name came from the estate. Caldwell Cook wrote a book called The Play Wayin which he told how he taught English by means of play. It was very difficult to explain the thing summerhlll those die-hards.

The law forbidding this had been passed on the ground that such practices are unfair to the parents who buy the clothes and unfair as well to the school because when children go home minus certain wearing apparel, the parents blame the school for carelessness. Each member of the teaching staff and each child, regardless of his age, summdrhill one vote.

He joined the staff of a school in Dresden infounding Summerhill upon his return to England in In these notes, he described himself as “just enough of a Nietzschian to protest against teaching children to be meek and lowly” and wrote in A Dominie’s Log that he was “trying to form minds that will question and destroy and rebuild.

A. S. Neill – Wikipedia

In recent years, an increasing reaction against progressive education has set in. Founded init continues to be an influential model for progressive, democratic education around the world.


Everything connected with social, or group life, including punishment for social offenses, is settled by vote at the Saturday night General School Meeting. After about ten P. Here was a boy to whom headmasters were stern, moral disciplinarian to be cheated every time. He was one of the victims of the masturbation prohibition. He emphasizes that the kind of person we develop is a mass-man. But, says the knowing one, in practice of course the voices of the grownups count.

A.S Neill’s Summerhill School

During this time, he decided that conventional education was oppressive and useless. Yet after three years of freedom, these boys were also cured. It may be a fairer democracy than the political one, for children are pretty charitable to each other, and have no vested interests to speak of. Languages Polski Edit links. Nijinsky could not pass his school exam a.s.jeill St.

Scholars have interpreted Neill’s harsh childhood as the impetus sumemrhill his later philosophy, though his father was not shown to be harsher to Allie as Neill was known [3] than to anyone else.