Price: $310.00

    Code: 1398

    This video tells the story of the famous school, founded in England in 1921 by A.S. Neill, which achieved worldwide fame through the publication of his book Summerhill. In it, Neill outlined his radical educational theories, which rejected traditional notions of schooling that he felt were designed to meet the needs of society rather than children. At Summerhill, the children enjoyed absolute freedom to work or to play, classroom lessons were optional, and the emphasis was on education as living, on development of the emotions as much as on the intellect. The video blends archival photos and footage of the school in the Forties and Sixties with contemporary scenes, an interview with Neill, and excerpts from his books, Summerhill and Freedom, Not Licence. Former Summerhill pupils from several different generations recount their formative experiences at the school, voice praise and some criticism of its methods, and discuss their current careers.

    Directed by Bernard Kleindienst
    1997,60 minutes
    Purchase: $310 Classroom Rental: $125

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