- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Hart Publishing Company; 1st edition (1960)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000BKJDMK
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing Paperback – 1960
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A simplicity to read, the "Summerhill" book is endorsed in the foreword by legendary sociologist and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm (who is not the author of "Summerhill"). Fromm recapitulates what Neill's systematic principles in this volume are. In a nutshell: nourish the whole child's potential to love life intellectually, as well as emotionally; have him educated commensurate with his capacity, sans dogmatic disciplining; allow him to be free, but without encroaching on anyone; have the teachers maintain a transparency; encourage security in the pupil without resorting to submission and domination tactics, or utilizing guilt in one's methods; and advocate a theology of human freedom, not sinful suppression.
This book is divided into seven intriguing chapters, dealing with, respectively, activities at the school, rearing children, sexuality, theology and morality, problem issues for children, problem matters for parents, and lastly, questions and responses.
Many of the cherished positions of the giants in child and educational psychology are challenged in this book.Read more ›
Actually, I feel that there are no "problem kids" or "troubled kids"; it's "problem adults" and "troubled adults". Government controlled schooling is imprisonment and indoctrination. The kids can sense this. That is why they rebel. Rather than my trying to endorse this book, I suggest that parents and potential parents read it. In addition, I recommend 2 books by John Holt originally published in 1962: "How Children Learn" and "How Children Fail".
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This is one of the most important books ever written. If you want to know what is wrong with education, read this. Very timely.Published on December 9, 2013 by John Rice
Amazing piece of work, that is almost entirely timeless. The author brings up some Freudian concepts that nobody uses anymore, but otherwise the author is a thinking beyond our... Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Sigh ONara