Summerhill is a democratic school, the kids make real decisions about the rules and have real options about what they can choose to do, or not. There is a BBC Children's TV production that dramatizes their successful struggle to preserve their educational philosophy against the forces of standardization and autocratic rule over children's lives.
The video has been removed. There were 4 episodes in 3 parts each.
Sorry for the inconvenience. If you happen to find out they've been re-posted, please contact me and I will post the links here.
Also, if you find out about a way to buy the movie I would like to know that, too.
Comments on this post series (since I am deleting the rest):
Thank you for posting this; I enjoyed watching it (beats the heck out of Kid Nation!)
I believe Neill's work is more responsible for the homeschool movement than many people know. Philophies when spread by word-of-mouth often lose their sources, but fortunately, not their heart.
Wednesday, 30 April, 2008
The show is awesome. It explores a very similar subject as my film "Schooled," although from a very different angle. www.SchooledTheFilm.com
I love how creative and playful this one is. It's a very different tone than mine which follows a teacher's personal crisis as he re-examines his fundamental beliefs about traditional education.
But both approaches complement each other quite nicely.
Saturday, 26 July, 2008