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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A Record of Friendship: In addition to taking control of their own time, pupils can participate in the self-governing community of the school. In a case like this, I must always be on the side of the individual.

Dennison, George October 16, Archived from the original PDF on 16 December Neill’s educational philosophy can be summed up in ten principles [1]:. All the Best, Neill: Journal of Individual Psychology.

Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood

On the contrary, he criticized and nagged her all day long. I had no set method. At a General School Meeting, the vote of a child of six counts for as much as my vote does. It is upon these major principles, namely, democracy, and equality, that Summerhill School operates. Crutis, Sarah April 27, But a year later, his parents wrote that he had suddenly decided to be a doctor and was studying hard at the university.


On Monday night, when everyone had gone a.s.neiill the town movies, I found Dick, one of the culprits, in bed reading. It is split into seven chapters that introduce the school and discuss parenting, sex, morality and religion, “children’s problems”, “parents’ problems”, and “questions and answers”.

My boy may learn to masturbate here. Yet after three years of freedom, these boys were also cured.

On a good day you may not see the boy gangsters of Summerhill. I proposed that culprits should be fined all their pocket money for each offense.

Summerhill School – Democratic schooling in England

Neill also corresponded with Bertrand Russellwhose own self-founded Beacon Hill School in England one of several schools bearing this name is often compared with Summerhill. All such guilt feelings create fear; and fear breeds hostility and hypocrisy.

He does not yet love in the sense of the mature love of an adult. Neill did not contest his disagreements, as he was eager to see the book published. The case went before a special educational tribunal in March Socially, my summehrill fares worse than I do, for she gets all the unconscious hate of summernill displaced on her by the girls, while I get their love. He discusses health and sleep, cleanliness and clothing, toys, noise, manners, money and humour.


He began as an agriculture student, at his father’s behest for a well-salaried career, [10] but switched to English literature by the a.s.nneill of his first year. The fact that Summerhill children are so exceptionally friendly-to visitors and strangers is a source of pride to my staff and me.

There were occasions, naturally, when a subjective explanation was necessary, as in the case of Jane. Any sign of priggishness is frowned upon by the community. He is now a successful engineer. And this is the way the minority generally gets its rights in our school democracy; it keeps demanding them.

Once I got up at a meeting and proposed that no child under sixteen should be allowed to smoke.

If it can happen once in Summerhill, it can happen everywhere once the people are ready for it.