Comparisons in Early Years Education: History, Fact, and FictionAuthor(s): Mary Jane Drummond
Journal: Early Childhood Research & Practice ISSN 1524-5039
Volume: 2; Issue: 1; Date: 2000;
Keywords: Early Childhood Education | Educational Innovation | Educational Philosophy | Teaching Methods
This article discusses three schools and considers what lessons modern educators might learn from them. The first school described is the Malting House school, where Susan Isaacs taught for several years. The Malting House school, which existed from 1924 to 1929 in Cambridge, England, teaches the lesson of looking, with attention, at everything that children do. The second school discussed is a present-day primary classroom in Hertfordshire, England, where the teaching methods of Annabelle Dixon are described. This classroom demonstrates the relationship between an educators core values and her pedagogical practices. The third school discussed is Louisa May Alcotts fictional school, Plumfield. The lesson learned from this school is the importance of the imagination, which teaches us to aspire to a more just and harmonious society.