The Lives of Children: The Story of the First Street School

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Boyton/Cook Publishers, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 308 pages
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Of all the books written on education in the sixties and seventies, The Lives of Children was one of the most significant. When it was first published, Herbert Kohl wrote, "There is no book I know of that shows so well what a free and humane education can be like, nor is there a more eloquent description of its philosophy." John Holt, reviewing the book for The New York Review of Books, wrote, "If anyone felt he had time to read only one book on education, The Lives of Children should be the one."

The Lives of Children is George Dennison's story of The First Street School and how he succeeded in helping kids no one had been able to help.

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Review: The Lives of Children: The Story of the First Street School

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

If this school existed today, I think it would just be a giant lawsuit waiting to happen. But it was definitely a thought-provoking book. I enjoyed the way Dennison switched back and forth between explanations of the philosophy behind the work and his descriptions of the day-to-day activity. Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Lund - Goodreads

Holt reccommended as "book you should read if you only have time to read one book about education" Read full review

About the author (1999)

GEORGE DENNISON wrote novels, stories, and plays, as well as his classic work on the First Street School. His best-known fiction includes the novels Luisa Domic, A Tale of Pierrot and Other Stories, and a story for children, And Then a Harvest Feast.

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