The Strangest School In The World?

From the archives of British Pathé, a look at Burgess Hill, a one-of-a-kind British boarding school in which nothing was forbidden and students were “allowed to find out for themselves whether conventions are good or bad.” In other words, plenty of cigarette smoking, mod styles, R&B dancing, abstract painting, and motorbike races. Based on the revolutionary idea that kids should be happy:

Burgess Hill was a progressive boarding school in Hertfordshire, England in the 1960s. Run by a Cambridge graduate, it allowed the kids to do what ever they liked! We can’t quite work out whether this is the best or worst school in the world. Would actually be interesting to know what became of these kids.

5 Comments on "The Strangest School In The World?"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Apr 26, 2012 at 11:48 am |

    Maybe there’s a practical difference to be observed between effective preparation for a conformist society and creating a healthy environment for intellectual growth.  Was part of these kids’ education being made to understand that the wider world doesn’t give a tinker’s fart for their personal values?

  2. the biggest social gain to be had is one upping all those who are well trained in school. they’re ready to be managed and that’s what and ivy league management courses teaches you to do

  3. Opie Cunningham | Apr 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm |

    >Based on the revolutionary idea that kids should be happy:

    Yeah, because teenagers are mature, insightful and disciplined enough to know *exactly* what actions will lead to long-term happiness.

    •  Jealous much. Have to remember as a boarding school they have more than just the six hours a day, five days a week for their curricula. They have 16 hours 7 days a week to mix schooling and play. That also being tied down to staffing availability, so definitely a very privileged education more akin to shared tutor based education rather than boring regular education.
      Everybody knows exactly what leads to long term happiness and they learn this at a very early age “Not Being A Bloody Wage Slave”.

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