Articles about children

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  • Reference
      GB 1840 LB/01/03
  • Dates of Creation
      c 1961-1982
  • Physical Description
      78 items

Scope and Content

Typescript drafts of numerous journalistic articles written by Leila Berg about children's rights, the place of children and young people in society, childhood education and reading. The majority of these articles were published, and in many cases a copy of the published article is included with the typescript draft. In some cases, the file contains only a copy of the published article, with no relevant draft material.

The file contains copies of the following articles:

- 'A.S. Neill at 84', published in 'The Guardian', 5 June 1968

- 'Birth with violence' [a review of Granada Television's sex education film for schools], published in 'The Times Educational Supplement', 10 February 1978

- 'Chained Children', published in 'Cambridge Review', 8 November 1968

- 'Communicators', published in 'The Guardian', 8 January 1964

- 'The Educational Tour', publication details unknown

- 'The Five Year Gap', published in 'The Guardian', 20 November 1967, with some correspondence about the article sent to Berg from readers of 'The Guardian'

- 'Gangs', publication details unknown

- 'A Morning with Little Bear', published in 'Parents' Review', date unknown

- 'Nursery Schools and Playgroups: Just a place to grow', published in 'The Times Educational Supplement', 6 June 1969

- 'Nursery schools...', letter to the editor published in 'The Guardian', date unknown

- 'Mainly for Women: Post Script to Plowden', published in an unidentified newspaper

- 'Reading is an act of love', published in 'Teacher's World', 10 October 1975

- 'Shots in a secret war', published in 'John O'London's', 2 March 1961

- 'Stunted to School', published in 'Anarchy', September 1964

- 'Such enchanted children', published in 'The Guardian', 20 October 1964

- 'A Week-end Case', published in 'The Teacher', 19 February 1965, with a follow-up letter to the editor published under the title 'Case of the Ragged Orphans'

- 'We Must Talk to Our Children', published in 'The Teacher', 21 May 1965

- 'What Happened to Mary', published in 'The Guardian', 6 April 1965

- 'When Reading Comes Naturally', published in an unidentified magazine, c 1982

- 'Whose Right to Choose?', published in 'The Guardian', 19 May 1966, with some related research material and notes

- 'Why children want books', published in 'Books and Bookmen', November 1968

- 'Why the caning had to stop', published in 'The Guardian', 22 January 1965

- 'Why the cuddling had to stop', published in 'The Guardian', Spring 1965

Topics covered in these articles include corporal punishment; teenage pregnancy; teaching reading; the rights of parents to choose schools for their children; the appropriate age to start sending children to school; the importance of books in schools reflecting the real-life experiences of the children reading them; and the importance of reading and verbal communication in child development.

The file also contains copies of three editions of 'Children's Rights' magazine - numbers 3, 4 and 6 from 1972. Leila Berg was an editorial advisor for 'Children's Rights', and all of the editions included here contain articles written by her.