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Would You Believe... In 1400, Reading Could Save Your Life?!: and Other…

by Richard Platt

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From hunter-gatherers in caves to the mandatory public education systems of today, schooling and education have always been an essential part of humanity, helping prepare the next generation to run the world. Throughout history, schools have been in the home, away from home, battlegrounds for new soldiers, religious training centers, and, if you were lucking, a place to hone your homemaking skills. While schools have changed a lot in the centuries since they were created, the desire to better ourselves and instill important life skills in our children has not.
Would You Believe... gives a nice overview of the history of education, including a discussion of whether schools are necessary for success. Each page is rich with photographs, captioned with brief bits of information. While it clearly tries to focus on a broader perspective, most examples come from Western Europe, the United States, China, and the Islamic world, which is disappointing. Despite this, the book is a good introduction to the world of education and should pique the interests of students in grade 3-6. ( )
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The next title in the Would You Believe series charts the growth and development of education and learning throughout history. Readers will learn about the often painful and frequently distasteful educational practices that our ancestors employed, and explore some unusual teaching methods used today. Find out about the Neolithic cave school, the English charity boarding school in Dickensian times, where pupils shared their boarding rooms with chickens and turkeys, and the one-room school in Nebraska where the handful of pupils ride to school on horses.

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