Pre-reading for researchED Northampton

The Quirky Teacher

I got so absorbed by a book of research published in 1926 by an American psychologist (I found it gathering dust at the UEA library), that I forgot about the kids’ dinner and burnt it. The following list of early childhood education experiences for some selected geniuses is not exhaustive – I simply gave up because there were just too many examples and I was too tired to read more! I was mainly interested in the first couple of years of education in order to see what it looked like. I would say our collective knowledge about the ‘truth’ of early English childhood might need some tweaking – there doesn’t seem to be a magical time when children started formal education at 7, rather that was the time they were sent to boarding school or to a tutor and much had happened before then. Further, there seems to a tradition…

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