Education: O Pioneers

After 15 years of teaching, bustling, buoyant Carmelita Chase Hinton in 1935 decided to quit the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass. and start a school of her own. The Bryn Mawr-trained daughter of an Omaha editor and art patron, widow (with three children) of a Chicago lawyer, Mrs. Hinton was no ordinary schoolmarm. And as a disciple of John Dewey, she intended to found no ordinary New England boarding school.

Her school, she averred, would "break through some of the traditional ideas of education for adolescents." In the rolling dairy country near Putney,...

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