The Slackening Tide: the Thirties and Gordonstoun

  • W. A. C. Stewart


THE LARGE majority of the progressive schools I have named owe their origin not so much to an educational movement as to a person, to an educational individualist and innovator. This is also true of Gordonstoun and its predecessor and progenitor, Salem.


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  1. 7.
    A. Arnold-Brown, Unfolding of Character: The Impact of Gordonstoun (London, 1962). Mr. Arnold-Brown was a boy both at Abbotsholme and Gordonstoun. Some of his facts on Abbotsholme (pp. 4–5) are inaccurate but he shows how Gordonstoun has affected one old boy.Google Scholar
  2. 9.
    K. Hahn, ‘Outward Bound’, in Year Book of Education (London, 1957), pp. 436 –62.Google Scholar
  3. 14.
    E. Wilkinson: ‘Poisonous Passions’, in Granta, 1 Dec. 1962, pp. 14 –17. Mr. Wilkinson was Guardian at Gordonstoun in 1959 and wrote the article when an undergraduate at Cambridge.Google Scholar
  4. 22.
    For two recent assessments, see part iv of R. Skidelsky, English Progres¬sive Schools (London, 1969)Google Scholar
  5. And part ii of H. L. Brereton, Gordonstoun (London, 1968).Google Scholar

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