GREAT WOMEN TEACHERS by Alice Fleming

GREAT WOMEN TEACHERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The fictionalization of biographical material is a form we seldom favor because it so seldom results in either good fiction or accurate biography. However, this treatment applied to these 10 women results in a real kindness to their memories. So many of them have been subjected to petrification by thesis that the supplied dialogue acts as an energizing factor. For instance, most adult material allows the reader to guess at the real charm of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody who introduced the U. S. to kindergarten education, but it is very apparent here; Ella Flagg Young was the only top flight school administrator in a skirt in 1910 when teaching was already top heavy with women and this brief sketch clears away the aura of the warhorse that surrounds her image at the adult level; and Florence Dunlop's fabled insight into teaching methods is shown through an imaginative recreation of classroom scenes. The book combines career/history/suffragette information and should appeal to those girls who commit themselves early and populate the Future Teachers clubs which have so little material to bolster their discussions.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1965
Publisher: Lippincott