Archive for the 'Summerhill' Category


July 31, 2011

I have been assiduously looking for a positive way of framing what’s going on in Washington over producing legislation that will raise the debt ceiling.  What came into my mind this evening was my recollection of A.S. Neill’s observation in his book about his school Summerhill, that when kids were given the freedom to choose a diet or a course of study or a schedule, for example, they did eventually reach a workable way of doing things.  So, I’m thinking, with all the analogies to kids and their behavior circulating in this family drama in Washington, maybe A.S. Neill’s experience sheds some encouraging light on how things may resolve themselves.