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The David Gribble Archive : Books

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Real Education by Daivid GribbleReal Education: Varieties of Freedom

When I retired from teaching I had time to visit other schools around the world where children were treated with a proper respect. They differed widely. In this book there are descriptions of eighteen schools in eight different countries, often largely (and in the case of Summerhill entirely) in the words of pupils or ex-pupils.

Libertarian Education, 1998, £8.95
ISBN 0-9513997-1-3

Real Education was a book of the week in the Times Educational Supplement

Lifelines by David GribbleLifelines

A common objection to freedom in education is, “Of course it works with the children of wealthy, middle-class parents, but it would never work with the underprivileged.” Lifelines gives accounts of its success with children as far from the wealthy middle class as it is possible to go.

Libertarian Education, 2004, £8.95
ISBN 0-9513997-9-9

Lifelines was a book of the week in the Times Educational Supplement

Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart by David GribbleThe two worlds in question are the worlds of traditional education on the one hand, and Summerhill and Sands School on the other. They are described first in the words of their own prospectuses, and then in the words of their pupils, with matching topics on facing pages.

Libertarian Education, 2006, £8.95
ISBN 978-0-9551647-0-5

Worlds Apart was a book of the week in the Times Educational Supplement

A Really Good School by David GribbleA Really Good School

This is a satirical novel about an impossibly bad school, where every fault of traditional education is gleefully exaggerated. It is also murder story, with appropriate red herrings and suspense.

Seven-ply Yarns, 2001, £7.99
ISBN 0-9538797-1-2

That’s All, Folks: Dartington Hall School Remembered

This anthology includes at least one contribution by a pupil from every year of the history of Dartington Hall School, from 1929 - 1987. It is not a eulogy, and contains some emphatic criticism.

West Aish Publishing, 1987, £3.95
ISBN 0 9512735 0 7


Children don't Start Wars

Children don't Start WarsThe theme of this book is that altruism is a natural human characteristic which is eroded by social conditioning and the dominance of impersonal institutions.

"I am floored by the blazing honesty, insight, scholarship and truthfulness that shines from every page. . . . For me, it's the book we've all been waiting for."

Mary Leue, founder of Albany Free School and editor of SKOLE, The Journal of Alternative Education.

Peace News, 2010, £9
ISBN 978-0-946409-14-13,


Download the first two chapters here:
children.zip  40kb
Children Don't Start Wars .doc  98kb



Downloadable Books (Free)

Considering Children by David GribbleConsidering Children: A parents’ guide to progressive education

I wrote it because I had so often been asked, “What is progressive education?” and I had found that I needed a whole book to answer the question.

Dorling Kindersley,1985, £8.95
ISBN 0 -86318-081-7 and 0-86318-0802-5

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Considering Children.zip  1,174kb
Considering Children.doc  1.5MB


Escape from Tradition

Escape from TraditionThis is an autobiography of education. It travels from Nanny via Eton and Cambridge to Dartington Hall School, Sands School and beyond, to some of the most deprived children in the world.

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Escape from Tradition.doc  0.5MB


A Visitor from Erewhon

A Visitor from ErewhonIn Erewhon and Erewhon Revisited Samuel Butler delighted in attacking the complacency and hypocrisy of Victorian manners and religion. In A Visitor from Erewhon I attempt to do the same for the customs and beliefs of our early twenty-first century.

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A Visitor from Erewhon  635KB


Authoritarian Schooling

Authoritarian SchoolingThis is strictly speaking a website rather than a book, but it started out as a book. I had written a lot about places of education that I admired, but apart from one satirical novel, A Really Good School, I had not written anything much about what I disapproved of. Even when I started I intended to describe it as a catalogue rather than a book - A Catalogue of Damage was to be the title. I pictured it as a coffee-table book with a great many illustrations, but I found that I wanted too much text for that format, and I suddenly realised that the ideal structure would be a website, where readers could dodge from one topic to another as they liked. Since 2012, when the site was first posted, there have been over 130,000 hits on individual items, so it seems to have been a good idea.

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