THE PROBLEM TEACHER by A.S. Neill

THE PROBLEM TEACHER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An English schoolmaster (of That Dreadful School) who is a radical, often an extremist, in progressive reform, and psychiatrically trained and inclined, here discusses some of the problems and disabilities of the teacher. He makes a valid, sharp attack on the deadwood of educational methods and matter today, exposing the problem teacher as the ""man who hates the child in himself"" -- and everyone else -- and emerges as a disciplinarian. He exposes the schools as reflections of the state and their politics (basing his cases on English systems primarily); he exposes the lack of creativity in education, sex repression and egotism in the teacher. He stresses the importance of the teacher as a human being, interested in the inner development of the child rather than his class work, and existing on a coequal basis with the child who should neither fear nor respect him -- but love him. Interesting and provocative material here -- highly individualistic in interpretation -- crusading for a democratic way of learning.

Publisher: International Univ. Press