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Would you send your child to Summerhill or sands school? watch

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    Would you send your kids to a democratic school, where they don't have to take GCSE'S?



    " [the headmaster's ] lessons began with him offering pupils a cigarette to ‘break the ice’. Nude swimming in the school duck pond was encouraged for both staff and pupils.
    ‘We set out to make a school in which we should allow children freedom to be themselves,’ he wrote. ‘In order to do this, we had to renounce all discipline, all direction, all suggestion, all moral training, all religious instruction.’
    Neill’s ‘do-as-you-please school’ failed on any normal measure of educational success, yet despite its manifest failures, Summerhill was wildly successful in influencing a generation of teachers during the Sixties and Seventies. Its rejection of adult authority and its romantic view of the innate goodness of the child, chimed with the spirit of the age.
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    (Original post by Vegan_Cannibal)
    Would you send your kids to a democratic school, where they don't have to take GCSE'S?


    No thanks.

    If I'm going to pay for my child's education/boarding, I'd prefer to send them to a more elite school that doesn't dilute or confuse the role of an adult and a student.

    Then again, I've never had the privilege of receiving the finest education that money can buy, coming from a comprehensive school in a deprived town.

    Most kids that go to Sands get enough GCSEs to go on to college. If they've chosen to do that surely something good is going on. Plus they do loads of other stuff too. Surveys of businesses show that they almost unanimously value 'soft skills' such as leadership, communication and self-management as being just as important as academic strength. I would have thought a school that values both those areas as equally important would set up young people very well for life after school. Most Summerhill students are from abroad and go back afterwards...

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