September 22 in freethought history…

bertrandanddorarussellSeptember 22, 1927 – Dora Russell and husband Bertrand Russell open the Beacon Hill School in Sussex, England. This small school featured a professional staff devoted to the Russells’ progressive views. Eschewing a rigid curriculum, Beacon Hill offered a Montessori-like atmosphere and taught a wide range of subjects, including sex education. The Russells promised “complete frankness on anatomical and physiological facts of sex, marriage, parenthood and the bodily functions.” The Russells’ marriage dissolved not long after the founding of the school. Bertrand drifted off to other endeavors, and Dora struggled to keep the school open, moving it several times. Beacon Hill School finally succumbed to financial pressures and the disruptions of World War II. It closed in 1943.

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