Here, Bill Ayers speaks as a parent and educator who has spent years in the classroom experimenting with A.S. Neill's progressive approach. While he admits to being a fan of Neill's, he also admits that Neill's techniques "seemed more than a little loony" when they first appeared.
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William Ayers is a school reform activist and Distinguished Professor and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago.From Booklist:
Ayers, a social activist and educator, takes a new look at the controversial Summerhill experiment of the last century that emphasized freedom and democracy in education to the point that students set the tone and pace of their schooling, eschewing the structured curriculum and activities of most schools. As part of a series exploring innovative approaches to education, with current educators engaging in imaginary dialogues with education luminaries, Ayers speaks to A. S. Neill, Summerhill's founder. Ayers recalls his own experiences of the 1960s with the Children's Community in Detroit, an experiment that emphasized racial integration and personal freedom. He explores the concepts of Summerhill in light of current emphasis on structuring children's behavior, diagnosing and stigmatizing children with ADD and other learning disabilities. Ayers underscores the importance of reciprocity in teaching--that both student and teacher should be engaged in a mutual dialogue. Readers interested in imaginative approaches to education will appreciate this look at the thoughts and experiences of both Neill and Ayers. Vanessa Bush
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Book Description Teachers College Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 080774400X Ex-library. Former library book with stamps and stickers on it. Bookseller Inventory # 14AUG057
Book Description Teachers College Press, New York, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. SIGNED and inscribed (with no dedicatee) by author on title page: "For peace, for justice, for joy-- Bill Ayers, Chicago". First edition, first printing. Very Good in boards. Very light wear to boards; interior is clean and tight. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 028790