Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing

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Index
abilities and aptitudes, 4-6, 27
abnormal child, 272-275, 276-282, 285, 289
abnormal mothers, 95, 108
abnormal parents, 108
abortion, 237-238
acne, 356
acting, 15, 31, 66-70, 111, 196
activities at Summerhill, 13
actors, jealousy of, 317
adolescents, 23, 56-58, 208-211, 216, 287, 289, 371
adopted children, 150
"adoption" of child by teacher, 330
adults, and conflict with children, 8, 18-19, 108, 138-145, 177-181, 303, 330; consideration for child's wishes, 108; as criminals, 284-285; desire for power, 155; dishonesty, 277-288; fears, 309; gratitude for childhood thrashings, 98, 169, 377; rights, 108, 144, 186, 193, 336, 339; starved emotions, 345; therapy for, 289; values, 112, 113, 130, 138, 140, 142, 143, 332; views not those of child, 255; work and drudgery, 338, 345, 348. See also Parents
aggressiveness, 20, 113, 358
air guns, rule against, 53
alcohol, 366-367
Aldeburgh, town of, 14
allowances, 164, 186, 198-199, 307
altruism, 60, 181, 250-251
American in Paris, An, George Gershwin, 71
analysis, see Psychoanalysis
anger, 122, 167
animal dung, 175
animals, cruelty to, 269; fear of, 104 and humans, 100, 160, 207, 269
answering back, 352
"anti-life," 343-344
anti-Semitism, 24, 255, 352
antisocialness, see Criminality; Delinquency; Stealing
anxiety, about child's unhappy home, 349-350; and fear, 127, 131; about money, 198; of parents, 187, 325- 330; and suicides of young, 346-347
approval, 117-123, 194, 281, 282, 290, 318
aptitudes, natural, 4-6, 27
arithmetic studies, 5, 12, 26, 40, 350, 378
armed services, Summerhill pupils in, 85, 354
army system, 103, 156-157
arrested development, 289
art, 13-15, 26
athletics, 62, 73
atomic bomb, 103, 131, 211
attendance at classes, 4-5, 13, 30-31
authoritarian morality, 8, 112, 114
authority, 52, 53, 118, 120, 153-156, 210, 216, 226, 273, 287, 297, 314, 327, 328
babies, interest in origin of, 36, 38, 43, 97, 149, 151, 205, 206, 209, 219, 220, 225, 252-253, 295; and parents, 25, 63, 101, 318, 336
baby, cuddling, 63, 10, 357-358; discomfort of, 96; feeding, 95, 96, 177- 181; left alone in carriage, 336; left to cry, 122, 178; natural functions, 96, 101; playing with, 63, 101, 122

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • To Harold H. Hart vii
  • A Foreword by Erich Fromm ix
  • Contents xvii
  • A Word of Introduction xxiii
  • One - Summerhill School 1
  • The Idea of Summerhill 3
  • A Look at Summerhill 13
  • Summerhill Education Vs. Standard Education 24
  • What Happens to Summerhill Graduates 29
  • Private Lessons at Summerhill 35
  • Self-Government 45
  • Coeducation 56
  • Work 59
  • Play 62
  • Theater 66
  • Dancing and Music 71
  • Sports and Games 73
  • Report of the British Government Inspectors 75
  • Notes on His Majesty's Inspectors' Report 86
  • The Future of Summerhill 89
  • Two - Child Rearing 93
  • The Unfree Child 95
  • The Free Child 104
  • Love and Approval 117
  • Fear 124
  • Inferiority and Fantasy 133
  • Destructiveness 138
  • Lying 146
  • Responsibility 152
  • Obedience and Discipline 155
  • Rewards and Punishment 162
  • Defecation and Toilet Training 172
  • Food 177
  • Health and Sleep 182
  • Cleanliness and Clothing 184
  • Toys 188
  • Noise 190
  • Manners 192
  • Money 198
  • Humor 200
  • Three - Sex 203
  • Sex Attitudes 205
  • Sex Instruction 218
  • Masturbation 223
  • Nudity 229
  • Pornography 231
  • Homosexuality 234
  • Promiscuity, Illegitimacy, and Abortion 236
  • Four - Religion and Morals 239
  • Religion 241
  • Moral Instruction 247
  • Influencing the Child 255
  • Swearing and Cursing 259
  • Censorship 263
  • Five - Children's Problems 267
  • Cruelty and Sadism 269
  • Criminality 272
  • Stealing 276
  • Delinquency 282
  • Curing the Child 289
  • The Road to Happiness 294
  • Six - Parents' Problems 299
  • Love and Hate 301
  • Spoiling the Child 306
  • Power and Authority 309
  • Jealousy 317
  • Divorce 323
  • Parental Anxiety 325
  • Parental Awareness 331
  • Seven - Questions and Answers 341
  • In General 343
  • About Summerhill 348
  • About Child Rearing 355
  • About Sex 369
  • About Religion 373
  • About Psychology 375
  • About Learning 378
  • Index 380
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