James Brooke-Smith
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

James Brooke-Smith is a literary critic and cultural historian. He is an associate professor of English literature at the University of Ottawa and the author of Gilded Youth: Privilege, Rebellion and the British Public School (2019).

Written by James Brooke-Smith

Pupils in a science class at Summerhill School in Suffolk, England. Summerhill will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding in 2021. Photo by In Pictures Ltd/Corbis/Getty

Education, unchained

Rousseau’s child-centred ideals are now commonplace but his truly radical vision of educational freedom still eludes us

James Brooke-Smith