Summerhill

#becomingeducational Bonus Blog: What is education for?
How can we devise an education system – and our own education practice – so that we help develop human beings who love themselves and experience the world with excitement and joy?
We hope that you think about this all the way through your Education Studies degree – and that you take these questions into your lives when fully fledged educationalists yourselves…
At the very least – use your Performance Weeks to help us explore these issues together – with our own excitement and joy!!

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I stumbled across this while perusing the vast caverns of the interwebs.  It is a chapter of a book called “Summerhill” written by an educator named A. S. Neill, and the message resonated with me so strongly, I couldn’t help but post it here.  Enjoy.

“I hold that the aim of life is to find happiness, which means to find interest. Education should be a preparation for life. Our culture has not been very successful. Our education, politics and economics lead to war. Our medicines have not done away with disease. Our religion has not abolished usury and robbery. The advances of the age are advances in mechanism – in communications and computers, in science and technology. New wars threaten, for the world’s social conscience is still primitive.

If we feel like questioning today, we can pose a few awkward questions. Why does man hate and kill in war when…

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