Education: Lessons from Yverdon

On their way through Switzerland in the early 1800s, many a notable—among them Talleyrand and Madame de Stael—made a point of stopping at Yverdon. There, in an old castle, lived scores of waifs and orphans under the care of a gentle old man they all called "Father." His real name: Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi.

The Pestalozzi method of teaching eventually found its way into every public school, became one of the foundations of modern "progressive" teaching. A new collection of his aphorisms called The Education of Man (Philosophical Library; $2.75) summarizes the lessons Pestalozzi taught.

Courage & Joy. Pestalozzi gave a lifetime to learning...

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