Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Education Synopsis
Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Education is a book about the English boarding school Summerhill School by its headmaster A. S. Neill. The foreword was written by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, who distinguished between authoritarian coercion and Summerhill.
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About A. S. Neill
Alexander Sutherland Neill (17 October 1883 – 23 September 1973) was a Scottish educator and author known for his school, Summerhill, and its philosophy of freedom from adult coercion and community self-governance. Raised in Scotland, Neill taught at several schools before attending the University of Edinburgh in 1908–1912. He took jobs in journalism and taught at Gretna Green Village School, before joining a Dresden school in 1921 and founding Summerhill on returning to England in 1924. Summerhill gained renown in the 1930s and then in the 1960s–1970s, due to progressive and counter-culture interest. Neill wrote twenty books, and his top seller was Summerhill, read widely in the free school movement from the 1960s.
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