Quaker Studies

The Quaker Peace Testimony in Twentieth-Century Education*

Quaker Studies (2015), 19, (2), 295–304.

Abstract

To see Quaker values in action in British education, we must look not to the recognised Quaker Schools but to the ‘planned environmental therapy’ movement which Friends and others developed to meet the needs of difficult evacuated children in the 1939–45 War. Their practice recognised each child’s innate worth and capacity for good by creating systems of governance and discipline which embodied Quaker testimonies to peace and equality. They made a lasting impact on the care of difficult and damaged children. This article argues that this forgotten work is one of the great Quaker contributions to education in the last 200 years.

The Quaker Peace Testimony in Twentieth-Century Education*

Abstract

To see Quaker values in action in British education, we must look not to the recognised Quaker Schools but to the ‘planned environmental therapy’ movement which Friends and others developed to meet the needs of difficult evacuated children in the 1939–45 War. Their practice recognised each child’s innate worth and capacity for good by creating systems of governance and discipline which embodied Quaker testimonies to peace and equality. They made a lasting impact on the care of difficult and damaged children. This article argues that this forgotten work is one of the great Quaker contributions to education in the last 200 years.


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Lampen, John