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Children Come First

By (author) Casey Murrow, Liza Murrow
Format: Hardback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, New York, United States
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US
Published: 31st May 1971
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
ISBN-10: 0070440824
ISBN-13: 9780070440821
Barcode No: 9780070440821

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And England comes first - in implementing and effectuating the theories of the open classroom and while there have been many referrals in the media and books (most recently Joseph Feather-stone's Schools Where Children Learn, p. 263), this is an extensive report for Americans. It is based on 40 primary schools (the enlightenment does not extend much higher) and a look at various teachers' colleges. The idea - "the full development of each child" according to his interests and needs ("Because I need to") - is only too familiar and the authors explain it very clearly if without any of the attractiveness of Kohl, Kozol, Herndon, etc. which might allure a non-professional audience. They discuss what can be learned at this very young level; grouping, not chronological but vertical; junior schools which as yet do not have all the materials they need; physical education; the plant and the imaginative use of space to promote mobility and flexibility; scheduled breaks and meals; advisory services; and the influential theoreticians, Froebel, Montessori, etc. The very important and far-ranging Plowden Report has brought the movement the attention it deserves in England; this book presents it in non-technical terms while also demonstrating how children are seen and heard in the new favorable educational habitat over there. (Kirkus Reviews)