The Slackening Tide: The Thirties and Gordonstoun

  • W. A. C. Stewart


Most of the schools we have considered so far have had their origin in the ideas and drive of one person or a small group — Reddie, Badley, Devine, Whitehouse, Neill, Simpson and Wills, the Elmhirsts and Curry, Dora and Bertrand Russell, Susan Isaacs and Geoffrey Pyke, Steiner. Of course, there is the essential backing and day-to-day support of assistant staff, governors, parents. But if anything is true of the radical schools we have named it is that the large majority of them owe their origin not so much to an educational movement as to a person, to an educational individualist. This is also true of Gordonstoun and its predecessor and progenitor, Salem.


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    A. Arnold-Brown, Unfolding of Character: the Impact of Gordonstoun (London, 1962). Mr. Arnold-Brown was a boy at both Abbotsholme and Gordonstoun. Some of his facts on Abbotsholme (pp. 4–4) are inaccurate but he shows how Gordonstoun has affected one old boy.Google Scholar
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    K. Hahn, ‘Outward Bound’, in Year Book of Education (London, 1957), pp. 436–4362.Google Scholar
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    E. Wilkinson: ‘Poisonous Passions’ in Granta, 1 Dec. 1962, pp. 14–147. Mr. Wilkinson was Guardian at Gordonstoun in 1959 and wrote the article when an undergraduate at Cambridge.Google Scholar
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    H. Heckstall-Smith, Doubtful Schoolmaster (London, 1962).Google Scholar

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