Originally published in 1943, recognising the importance of early education, this title looked at a way forward for creating a "Common School" for all children. At a time when most attention was focused on secondary education, this title outlines a plan for primary state education, much of it suggested by experience in elementary schools, along with the author’s own research and reflection. Today it can be read and enjoyed in its historical perspective.
Preface. Part 1. 1. The Impotence of Intellect 2. The Importance of Instinct 3. Instinct at Work – and Out of Work 4. Search for a System 5. A Classification of Human Instincts Part 2. 6. All’s Wrong that Starts Wrong 7. The Report of the Consultative Committee, 1931 8. The Light that Failed 9. The Evolution of the Activity School – 1 10. The Evolution of the Activity School – 2 11. The School versus the Economic System Part 3. 12. A Junior Common School 13. By the Children, for the Children. Epilogue: End … or Beginning? Appendix. Index.