How Kindergarten Came to America: Friedrich Froebel's Radical Vision of Early Childhood Education

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In an era of high-stakes testing and accelerated curricula, it is easy to forget that the word kindergarten means "children's garden." This enchanting 1894 account of Friedrich Froebel, the German inventor of kindergartens, is a refreshing reminder of the essential role of play and creative exploration in the development of children. Froebel was instrumental in bringing kindergartens to the United States and is widely recognized as a pioneer of modern education.

How Kindergarten Came to America is part of a series of classic books in the field of progressive education from The New Press, edited by bestselling author and educator Herbert Kohl. Each of these works, revered by educators for decades and long out of print, is illuminated in a foreword by Kohl showing how it resonates for contemporary teachers, students, and parents.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595581549
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Classics in Progressive Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 269
  • Sales rank: 1,501,509
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Baroness Bertha von Marenholtz-Bülow (1810-1893) befriended Friedrich Froebel in the last years of his life and helped to establish kindergartens throughout Western Europe. Mary Peabody Mann (1806-1887), the wife of Horace Mann, was an educator, writer, and leader of the kindergarten movement in the United States. Herbert Kohl is the National Book Award-winning author of more than forty books. He lives in San Francisco.
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Table of Contents

Series foreword   Herbert Kohl     vii
Foreword   Herbert Kohl     ix
My First Meeting with Froebel     1
Froebel in Liebenstein     9
Diesterweg and Froebel in Liebenstein     18
Middendorff     29
The Summer of 1850 in Liebenstein     40
Visit of Dr. Gustav Kuhne     50
Visit of Dr. Hiecke     64
Educational Value of Festivals     79
Child-Festival at Altenstein     85
Herr von Wydenbrugk     101
Dr. R. Benfey and Teacher Hermann Posche     121
Dr. Wichard Lange     134
The Last Summer in Liebenstein     141
Second Visit of Diesterweg     144
Visit of Herr Bormann     158
The Prohibition of the Kindergarten in Prussia     161
Visit of Varnhagen von Ense     166
Teachers' Convention     208
The Year 1852     223
Last Days of Froebel     234
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