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Good news for Francisco Ferrer – how anarchist ideals in education have survived around the world

This chapter discusses the educational ideas of Francisco Ferrer, as expressed in his book The origin and ideals of the Modern School. It then compares these ideas with the actual practice in anarchist schools, early in the twentieth century. The chapter suggests that a parallel movement grew up during the last century in the progressive or democratic schools which were in many ways closer in spirit to Ferrer than these early anarchist schools. It reviews the fundamental principles of a free education before describing how these may be observed in practice in some of the many schools around the world. These schools may be described as democratic, non-authoritarian, non-formal or free. The New Schools movement in Britain, which must be distinguished from the Modern Schools movement, was founded by middle-class teachers looking for an alternative to the public school system.

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Changing anarchism

Anarchist theory and practice in a global age


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