A nice article about Summerhill school & book by Arvind Gupta


Here is a nice article by Arvind Gupta called A beacon of hope about a unique school Summerhill.

Summerhill is the name of a school. Summerhill is also the name of a book written by A S Neill who founded this school in 1921. This story is both about the school and its extraordinary founder. Even though no school like this exists in India today, every parent will profit by reading this book.
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Summerhill showed the world that a school could abolish fear of teachers and adults and, deeper down, fear of life. Staff at Summerhill do not stand to their dignity, nor do they expect any deference because they are adults. They are addressed by their first names and are seldom given nicknames. For thirty years, George Corkhill, the school science master was George, or Corks or Corkie. Every child loved him.
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Summerhill does not expound a theory. It is a sensitive recapitulation of over half a century of experiences with real children. “Freedom works” is one slogan which emerges from the book.

Really loved this article. Hoping to read this book “Summerhill” sometime soon.

You can read the complete article here – A beacon of hope

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2 thoughts on “A nice article about Summerhill school & book by Arvind Gupta

  1. bosky says:

    i loved the article by arvind gupta …..
    “Be on the side of the child. It was no point sermonising to a child in distress – a traumatised child….”has such a deep meaning.
    “Guilt feelings primarily have the function of binding the child to authority. They are an impediment to independence”….is so true..many childhood impressions are everlasting…they transform you…..schooling plays such an important part in our lives, half of the childhood we spend there….it’s important that schools(with parents) here too develop a culture that heads towards creating brilliant individuals as a whole all in their own ways and not just academic achievers………
    would reaallllllly love to read this book and know more!!!

  2. Hiya,
    If you are interested in finding out more about Summerhill, you could come along to our fundraising event in London on March 19th (funds raised go towards bursaries for children who can’t afford to attend Summerhill). There will be a bunch of current and former Summerhill students and staff, most of whom would be happy to chat about their experience of the school.

    Full details in the flyer at the following URL:

    http://mishagale.fastmail.fm/summerhill.pdf

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