David Elkind’s new book, Giants in the Nursery, tells the stories of the “giants” of early childhood education. These brilliant men and women helped create the theories and advance the ideas that are now know as DAP: Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
This new book brings the history of the giants and DAP to life in a way that shows the thread of historical and conceptual continuity that is often overlooked when discussing the individual schools of practice. It is a fascinating look at how we got from the concept of education as only males learning reading, writing, math, singing and culture, to Maria Montessori’s fight against sexism to become the first female physician in Italy, to the idea of child psychology and development as a field of practice.
From their hardships and wisdom came several gems of inspiration. Can you guess who said each one?
“The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.”
Heinrich Pestalozzi – Fredrick Froebel – John Locke
“Receive the children in reverence; education them in love; let them go forth in freedom.”
Rudolf Steiner – Erik Erikson – Jean Jacques Rousseau
“A child’s play is not simply a reproduction of what he has experienced, but a creative reworking of the impressions he has acquired.”
Jean Piaget – Maria Montesorri – Lev Vygotsky
“There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding, which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility to all.”
Fredrick Froebel – Erik Erikson – Sigmund Freud
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