The memoir of an innovative American educator and the remarkable school she builtâ€”â€śa lucid presentation of what progressive education can accomplishâ€ť (The New York Times).
Over a century ago, American educator Caroline Pratt created an innovative school that fosters creativity and independent thought by asking the provocative question: â€śWas it unreasonable to try to fit the school to the child, rather than . . . the child to the school?â€ť
A strong-willed small-town schoolteacher who ran a one-room schoolhouse by the time she was seventeen, Pratt came to viscerally reject the teaching methods of her day, which often featured a long-winded teacher at the front of the room and rows of miserable children sitting on benches nailed to the floor.
In this â€śpersuasive presentation of progressive education,â€ť Pratt recounts how she founded what is now the dynamic City and Country School in New York City, invented the â€śunit blocksâ€ť that have become a staple in classrooms around the globe, and played an important role in reimagining preschool and primary-school education in ways that are essential for the tumultuously creative time we live in today (Kirkus Reviews).