9780807743997

On the Side of the Child

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807743997

  • ISBN10:

    0807743992

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-10-01
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr
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Neill's Summerhill School and his radical approach to child rearing are as controversial today as they were in 1960. His "code of freedom" emphasized the principles of freedom, love, and positive discipline in the care and education of children. These ideals continue to evoke admiration by many who have found them key to not only raising healthy happy children but also to stemming the tide of violence in our schools and society. Others dismiss these same principles for being idealistic at best and harmful at worst. In this wonderful new book Ayer weighs in as a parent and an educator who has spent years in the classroom experimenting with Neill's progressive approach. He examines Neill's idea of freedom as it relates to social justice and questions of class and race in today's classrooms. He explores what it means to have a school that supports and creates freedom and what such schools have looked like in the past. He also considers what it means to have a school founded on love and acceptance of the child, where the teacher's goal is to understand children and how they learn, and where all students can and do learn. Featuring key sections from the original text, Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing, this engaging volume is must reading for anyone considering alternative visions for raising children and for overcoming violence in today's schools.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
by Herbert Kohl
vii
Summerhill Revisited: The Challenge of Freedom
WILLIAM AYERS
ONE Love and Freedom
3(3)
TWO A Community of Children
6(5)
THREE The School in Society
11(5)
FOUR A Curriculum That Breathes
16(4)
FIVE The Child Becomes the Teacher
20(6)
SIX Space to Grow
26(4)
SEVEN Little Is Beautiful
30(6)
EIGHT Democratic Vistas, Moral Action
36(4)
NINE Unfreedom
40(7)
TEN Freedom and Revolution
47(14)
ELEVEN On the Side of the Child
61(8)
SELECTIONS FROM Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing
A.S. NEILL
A Word of Introduction
69(2)
The Idea of Summerhill
71(9)
Summerhill Education vs, Standard Education
80(5)
What Happens to Summerhill Graduates
85(5)
Self Government
90(10)
Work
100(3)
Play
103(4)
Theater
107(5)
Dancing and Music
112(2)
Sports and Games
114(2)
The Future of Summerhill
116(4)
The Free Child
120(12)
Love and Approval
132(6)
Obedience and Discipline
138(7)
The Road to Happiness
145(4)
About the Author 149

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