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Inside the Primary School


reviewed by Beatrice Gross 1972

coverTitle: Inside the Primary School
Author(s): John Blackie
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Many of the people who first called attention to open education are fearful of late. Seeing teachers and administrators who understand neither the philosophy nor the psychology flocking 'round the banner, they warn that more is needed than popular acclaim. Very definite skills are required if we are to ignite rather than besiege children's minds. Both these books help to bridge the gap in understanding and capacity; both are en­dorsed by Charles Silberman. But they reveal a difference in approach and presentation as wide as the Atlantic. Inside the Primary School by John Blackie was published originally in England in 1967. Recently retired Chief Inspector of Primary Schools of Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI), Blackie has written an introduction to "mod­ern" education for parents, grandparents, and also for students of education—but not for teachers. The book was written to explain what teachers were already doing in many schools. Blackie knows the schools well, hav­ing spent thirty-three years in HMI, visiting classrooms, making suggestions to teachers, and sharing with one school... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 4, 1972, p. 607-609
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1610, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 4:02:23 AM

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