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I picked up this book, which is part of "The Early Settler Life Series," a while ago in a gift shop while visiting some historical site because I am interested first in history generally and secondly, as a homeschooling father whose grandparents were schoolteachers, in the history of education specifically. We used this book, which is filled with drawings and photographs of schools and school-related events from days gone by, as part of our eighth-grade "civics" curriculum which included a look at how our government operates and also a study of our state, just to get a better understanding of how learning was usually accomplished in the nineteenth century. Beginning with a description of the establishment of Shaw's Crossing school, Early Schools has all kinds of interesting tidbits of information about schools in our nation's history, such as the first schoolhouses, homemade school supplies, a typical school day, different subjects studied, teachers, recess, and punishment. While we must not try to live in the past, there are many things that we today can learn from examining the methods of education used in the past when no one had to wonder "why Johnny can't read" (and why he ended up turning into a rebellious hoodlum instead).