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Free from the Archives
In the Review’s December 4 and 18, 2008, issues, well into the school year, Alison Lurie wrote a two-part history of the evolution of school designs, educational methods, and, underneath it all, ideas of what childhood is. In the second part, she takes in Louisa May Alcott, Waldorf and Montessori schools, open classrooms, playgrounds, school violence, and much more to ask: “Do Schools Have to Be Boring?”
“Experts in school design and architecture today tend to write and speak as if their goal is to make school buildings as attractive and comfortable as possible, and education as much fun. But it has also been argued that school (and indeed childhood in general) should not be made too wonderful.”
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