Children in a world of adults
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A.S.Neill: "Bringing Happiness to some few children."

Where does A.S.Neill stand in the history of education? Has he a right at all in those august annals?

Was he not, after all, against academic learning? against the conventional wisdom of morals? against adult authority? against sexual repression? against religion? Was A.S.Neill not merely wilful: wayward in his practice? a mountebank in his books?

Or may he have been a modern Socrates, seeking to release the young from the mind-set of their elders by the giving of 'freedom'? for which he was made to drink the hemlock of public obloquy for half a century.

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Girls Will Be Grils
Libertarian Education: Stories from Rowen House School

Most books about child behavioural disorder give the expert's-eye-view. They present the theory behind the child. This book, however, about a community of disturbed adolescent girls or "grils" takes a quite different perspective.

In a series of short documentary episodes the children themselves are presented centre-stage. The reader finds himself or herself projected on to the proscenium. Incidents from the daily life of the school portray the adolescent girl when she explodes into "grif," and show how the most uncontrolled and obnoxious of "grils" can spiral out of her other self and become the most generous and enchanting of girls.

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Just William: Boy anarchist?

How did a Classics scholar, early crippled and a lifelong spinster, write with such insight into the boy-mind? Margaret Disher, Richmal's Crompton's niece and 'William's' sister, will tell you. You will learn how the inflexible logic of 'William/Tommy's mind led him to challenge the most sacred and time-encrusted tenets of the adult mind.

You will not be surprised to read that, grown into adulthood, he was no success as a bank clerk, but hugely enjoyed the cameraderie of his 'gang' which guarded the bullion van of the Westminster Bank. 'Outlaw' turned gold-keeper.

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