A GOODLY FELLOWSHIP by Mary Ellen Chase
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A GOODLY FELLOWSHIP

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A record of thirty odd years of teaching, and a complement to her Goodly Heritage. Alternately refreshing and illuminating, personal and universal, communicating throughout the spirit and delight of the classroom, which need not deter readers! She traces her own beginnings in a small Maine school with an assorted lot of fifty children and twenty-nine classes per day. Then two more schools, -- one an ideal farmhome school in the Middle West, where she came to know the basic principles -- the roots -- of progressive education (now dignified under various pretentious cognomens); one a school at the opposite end of the scale. A summer in Berlin and the Harz Mountains, three years in Montana, graduate study in the University of Minnesota, and finally Smith College, where she is so well loved. The book has unusual savor, stories of the small schools of her early years, the people she has known and liked, and throughout an understanding, liberal appreciation of books, colleagues, students. She is never pedantic, never pedagogical, and the book is delightful reading.

Pub Date: Nov. 8th, 1939
Publisher: Macmillan