OSWEGO by Dorothy Rogers

OSWEGO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Organized by ""administrations""- ranging from Edward Austin Sheldon's to Foster Brown's - this is a history of the teacher training school in Oswego, New York. The changes in educational philosophies seem to be the only aspect of coverage to interest an audience wider than the Oswego alumni, for in it we get a sense of the many-faceted innovations in educational theory and societal reaction from Sheldon's radical reforms such as his incorporation of the Pestalozzian curriculum system, to the introduction of Dewey's progressivism years later. The school itself suffered its ups and downs through the years as each administration contributed to or detracted from its status, as the changing student body evolved, and as the curriculum adjusted and readjusted in keeping with the ideals of the school's leaders. More timely are the final chapters, delineating the student- type attracted to Oswego today and synthesizing the recent developments of the past decade. The material here has been most eruditely researched, but the dry factual approach and the limited subject appeal can guarantee only a scant audience.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1961
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts