The Walden School
by Margaret Naumburg - 1927
The Walden School finds itself between two opposing tendencies of the experimental school movement. On one side are those who stand for the exaggerated laissez-faire policy of individual development, believing that freedom consists in the removal of all restraint, however destructive this policy may be to the life of the group. But the majority of the progressive schools, discounting the difficulties of individual adjustment, prefer to emphasize the importance of a genuine socialization of both class groups and entire school plants. Now, the Walden School, unable to subscribe wholly to either of these policies, affirms an element in both of them. For it believes in the social function of the school towards the creation of a more harmonious and equitable future society, and it believes in the development of individual potentials as the swiftest means of insuring just such a socialization.
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