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ToriArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5An Inspirational Read for Classical HomeschoolersDecember 9, 2012ToriArkansasAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5The book is notes kept from the woman who worked as Amos Bronson Alcott's secretary at his school; Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, she was so good at keeping notes I felt I was standing in the classroom observing at times.
One of the most brilliant quotes from the book is "We need schools not for the inculation of knowledge, merely, but for the development of genius." Those words are just as fitting now as they were when she first wrote them.
He used great books, to include the bible, and had philosophical Socratic conversations with his students. In today's education system we read most of those books in college or high school. We have taken tried and true methods that have taken generations to develop and thrown them out the door for the new curricula of the week. Based on the observations documented so well in this book, the current education system treats students like little idiots.
It was amazing to read how the school developed into a functioning school from start up to December. "At the end of December it was astonishing to see what a change had taken place in the pupils; what self-control, attention, intelligent ways of doing what was to be done". They kept journals, they had Latin lessons, arithmetic, mental math, spelling, and writing was copying letters and great writing, the advanced students kept a commonplace book. The method of keeping a commonplace book dates back to the Renaissance era.
If they could only see the kindergarten classes of today, they would be disbelief. Their school is a shocking contrast to our current education system.
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