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In Reich's view, "discharge" of sexual energy leads to happiness, whereas lack of such discharge leads to unhappiness and "rigidity". Although not a trained therapist, Neill gave psychoanalytic private lessons to individual children, designed to unblock impasses in their inner energies. Neill also offered body massage , as suggested by Reich. Neill later found that freedom cured better than this therapy.

Richard Bailey placed Neill alongside William Godwin , Jean-Jacques Rousseau , Voltaire , and Robert Owen in Thomas Sowell's "unconstrained vision" tradition, where human potential is naturally unlimited and human development is dependent on environment and not incentives. Neill saw moral instruction as a wedge between natural instinct and conformity and thought children were best off without it.

Phillips declared Neill "the most notable figure in the Rousseauean tradition", and Frank Flanagan credited Neill with actualising what Rousseau envisaged. Peter Hobson found Neill's philosophy of education incomplete, oversimplified, without a "coherent theory of knowledge", and too dependent on his experience instead of philosophical position.

When Neill said children should be free, he did not mean complete freedom, but freedom without licence—that everyone can do as they like unless such action encroaches upon another's freedom. Bailey wrote that Neill did not have full faith in self-regulation due to his emphasis on the necessity of making specific environments for children.

Self-governance was a central idea to Summerhill, and is perhaps its "most fundamental feature". Summerhill sought to produce individualists conscious of their surrounding social order, and Neill chose the self-governance of Homer Lane's Little Commonwealth for the basis of that lesson. On occasion, Neill exercised unilateral decision-making as the owner of the school, despite his emphasis on the authority figure-less nature of the school.

Neill wrote 20 books in his lifetime. The release of Summerhill catapulted Neill into the public view. Richard Bailey described its result as "an American cult" of Summerhillian schools and their support organizations. The book sold well and made Neill into a figurehead of new interest in education. Bailey added that the unpretentious book's message was easier to impart than Deweyan thought, and that its release inspired Neill's education critic contemporaries as to the viability of their ideas.

Critics regard Neill's influence and importance with mixed opinion.

All the Best, Neill: Letters from Summerhill

The Times Educational Supplement listed him in its 12 most important British educationists of the millennium. Herb Kohl declared Neill "one of the greatest democratic educators of the last century" in Academics and teachers cited Summerhill as the common ancestor for free schools, and Neill was poised to become a public figure during Summerhill's heyday in the s. Max Rafferty called Summerhill "a caricature of education" and felt threatened by the implications of "the spread of Neill's hedonism to the majority of the next generation".

Richard Bailey wrote that Summerhill received most of its public attention in the s to s and in the s to s, which were milieux of social change progressivism and the counterculture, respectively. Neill was known in British education circles by the s and was "probably Britain's first educational celebrity" in the s, though he was not driven by his reception. Journal reviews called Neill "the most popular writer on education today" and said of his works, "Nearly all the more alive and up-to-date teachers in Britain have read and argued about his notions". He was known via his books as a figure in the new psychoanalysis.

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Neill is generally associated with democratic schools as a leader in its tradition. Few of Neill's acolytes continued his work after his death. Richard Bailey wrote that Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner 's followers were more evangelical in character, and that Neill deterred would-be devotees.

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  • He specifically discouraged American association with his school in both name and likeness. Neill's views on sexuality and non-compulsory lessons did not have widespread acceptance.

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    Both George Dennison and Bailey felt Neill's influence to not be easily measurable, with Dennison adding that non-Summerhill schools continue to adopt Neillian thought. Neill was awarded three honorary degrees: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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    On the Side of the Child: Retrieved 31 October A Critique of Freeschooling and Deschooling. In Deal, Terrence E. Retrieved 28 October Croall, Jonathan , ed. All the Best, Neill: Neill and the Evolution of the Summerhill Idea. Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present Day. Education and Social Justice. A Radical Approach to Child Rearing. A Record of Friendship: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Neill To Rousseau, Appropriate? Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning.

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