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ERIC Number: ED451095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 26
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Celestin Freinet (1896-1966): A Most Unappreciated Educator in the Anglophone World.
Acker, Victor
Celestin Freinet had a major influence on education in France. In 1917 he was critically injured during World War I and convalesced for two years. During World War II he was incarcerated by the Vichy government for his Communist tendencies, and, in the 1950s the French Communist Party harassed him for straying from their hard-line ideologies. Celestin's educational and intellectual output was prodigious: he taught elementary school, founded his own Freinet School in 1935, organized conferences for more than 40 years, and wrote 18 books and nearly 3,000 articles in 17 journals that are a repository of his educational ideas. These innovative ideas led to the reform of French education. He advocated a child-centered education and introduced the printing of school newspapers in the classroom and their exchange with those of other schools. Freinet-based schools still exist in Europe, Africa, and South America. None exist in the Anglophone world where it appears his influence has slipped through the cracks. In the English-speaking world, Freinet is virtually unknown, although most schools unknowingly implement his ideas: the printing press he used for printing in the classroom and exchanging texts through the mail have been replaced by computers, printers, the Internet, and fax machines to exchange texts with other schools. Freinet is also conspicuously absent in educational and pedagogical books and anthologies in English. This paper on Celestin Freinet aims to redress this injustice. (Contains 61 notes.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France