On the Side of the Child: Summerhill Revisited / Edition 1

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In this new book from Herbert Kohl's "Between Teacher and Text" series, Ayers revisits A.S. Neill's controversial approach to child rearing and education. In 1921 in Suffolk, England, Neill founded Summerhill, a school based on freedom and positive discipline. Students were not forced to attend classes or complete work but instead learned when they felt like it. This democratic, egalitarian community taught students to respect themselves and others while also promoting social justice. Ayers, who has spent years in the classroom experimenting with Neill's ideas of freedom and unconditional acceptance (which admittedly "seemed more than a little loony"), explains how these ideas have been successful in schools and can be applied to contemporary parenting and education. The second half of the book includes selections from Neill's original work, Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing (1960). While Neill's ideas are iconoclastic and interesting, Ayers's analysis is difficult to follow. Readers would benefit more from reading Neill's original text than this confusing study. Not recommended.-Charity Peak, Regis Univ., Colorado Springs, CO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807743997
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Between Teacher and the Text Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Summerhill Revisited: The Challenge of Freedom
1 Love and Freedom 3
2 A Community of Children 6
3 The School in Society 11
4 A Curriculum That Breathes 16
5 The Child Becomes the Teacher 20
6 Space to Grow 26
7 Little Is Beautiful 30
8 Democratic Vistas, Moral Action 36
9 Unfreedom 40
10 Freedom and Revolution 47
11 On the Side of the Child 61
Selections From Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing
A Word of Introduction 69
The Idea of Summerhill 71
Summerhill Education vs. Standard Education 80
What Happens to Summerhill Graduates 85
Self-Government 90
Work 100
Play 103
Theater 107
Dancing and Music 112
Sports and Games 114
The Future of Summerhill 116
The Free Child 120
Love and Approval 132
Obedience and Discipline 138
The Road to Happiness 145
About the Author 149
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