This is an account of the author's 40 years experience in a school named Summerhill in England. What he described is not so much a radical approach to child rearing as the literal and patient application of ideas that have received much lip-service in the past half-century. The school was conducted on complete faith in the natural goodness of children and their need for affection. Happiness, rather than fame or material success, is taken as life's aim. The book is stimulating reading if only because it describes a unique experiment. The author seems to recount his experience with great objectivity. He does not even claim that the children who went through Summerhill School behaved remarkably differently in later life from others educated in more orthodox establishments, except for chosen examples who exhibited happiness and self-confidence to a gratifying degree.

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