Neill of Summerhill (Routledge Revivals): The Permanent Rebel

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A. S. Neill was arguably the most famous child educator of the twentieth century. He was certainly the most controversial. All over the world, countless parents and teachers have been shocked, delighted or inspired by his subversive ideas about education, or by a visit to ‘that dreadful school’ which continues to this day – Summerhill.

First published in 1983, this sympathetic but critical exploration of his iconoclastic ideas and personality is the result of interviews with two hundred ex-pupils, parents and teachers about life at Summerhill, and of the practicality of Neill’s philosophy about child freedom. Jonathan Croall has also drawn on many unpublished letters and documents, which help to illuminate Neill’s personal struggles, and his analysis and friendship with Homer Lane, Wilhelm Stekel and Wilhelm Reich. The result is a fascinating and revealing portrait of a remarkable man who, in his absolute determination to be ‘on the side of the child’, remained in permanent opposition to the adult world.

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Jonathan Croall is the author of twenty books, including All the Best, Neill: Letters from Summerhill (1983) and The Parents’ Day Schoolbook (1978). A former features editor of the Times Educational Supplement, he is now a full-time writer and biographer specialising in theatre and film.

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Routledge
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Published on
Sep 13, 2013
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Pages
436
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ISBN
9781135047306
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Early Childhood (incl. Preschool & Kindergarten)
Education / Educational Policy & Reform / General
Education / General
Education / Secondary
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