Mann, Mrs. Horace [Mary Tyler Peabody] (1807-1887) and Peabody, Elizabeth P. (1804-1894).
Title MORAL CULTURE OF INFANCY AND KINDERGARTEN GUIDE WITH MUSIC FOR THE PLAYS. SECOND EDITION. MATERIALLY REVISED.
Publisher New York: J.W. Schemerhorn & Co. , 1869 (1869).
Seller ID 413
5 1/4" x 7 1/2". 266 pp.. + 10 pp. music. Very good in original brown cloth binding with lightly faded spine and lightly bumped corners. A scarce book in any edition or condition.Originally published in 1863 by two sisters who were champions of reform movements, pioneers in modern educational theory, founders of the kindergarten movement in America and supporters of the arts. They were also central conduits in the small, complicated web of relationship that comprised the Transcendentalist movement.Together Mary and Elizabeth published Moral Culture of Infancy and Kindergarten Guide in 1863, explaining their ideas for the education of young children -- a rejection of fear-based discipline, an emphasis on nature and the senses, and the innate goodness of children. Further influenced by Horace Mann's belief that public education could create citizens who would celebrate democracy and work to eradicate social injustices, and Channing's belief that evil could only be transmitted to innocent children through an evil and unjust environment, Elizabeth became especially interested in the possibilities of a free public kindergarten in disadvantaged neighborhoods. After collecting adequate funds for the first such school, Elizabeth traveled and lectured widely, advocating kindergartens and recruiting and training kindergarten teachers. Mary served an invaluable supporting role, seeing to much of the business behind the scenes and editing and contributing to the Kindergarten Messenger. (Notable American Women, p. 488).