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Four Hundred Years of English Education


reviewed by Christopher Hancock - 1965

coverTitle: Four Hundred Years of English Education
Author(s): W. H. G. Armytage
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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From Sheffield University, a vigorous hacking through the tanglewood of four centuries of English education. From the Universities of Syracuse and Connecticut, a panoramic survey of contemporary school patterns in four continents. The contrast is sharp indeed. Yet the two books are akin—in two notable respects. First, both draw extensively on history. Professor Armytage, like his hero Coleridge, is "interested in finding the truth underneath the past." He has the poetic ability to evoke that past. His Baconians drafting blueprints for Atlantis on the eve of the Civil War, and his coffee-drinking scientists in mid-eighteenth century, live in his pages. Of special interest is his record of foreign influences: French from late seventeenth century, American and German (not without some surly resistance) from the late nineteenth century. His tribute to American financial aid registers a little-known debt. Nor is his narrative blinkered by the chronology of events. It flashes with suggestive... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 8, 1965, p. 772-772
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2483, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 5:55:49 AM

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