The History of Free Schools

Ron Miller’s
 Free Schools, Free People: Education and Democracy After the 1960s



The Origins of The Free School Movement


The Civil Rights Movement





Free School Ideology: Voices of Educational Dissent


Paul Goodman


Alexander Sutherland Neill

John Holt

* The authors, social critics, and educators mentioned above, contributed a great deal to the free school movement as well as what would become the free school philosophy, but it is important to note that Holt, Neill, and Goodman were not the only critics to influence the movement. Others included, Edgar Z. Friedenberg, Jules Henry, and George Dennison.

Free School Ideology