Begin at the Beginning

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Title

Begin at the Beginning

Description

Pamphlet advocating for compulsory kindergarten as a means to Americanization. Written by Philander Priestly Claxton, former United States Commissioner of Education, and David Starr Jordan, Chancellor Emeritus, Leland Stanford Junior University. 

Excerpt:

"THE CHILD IS THE FATHER OF THE MAN 

The way to 'Americanize' foreigners as well as the native born is to commence at the beginning or as near there as possible. The idea of a kindergarten, like that of any other form of garden, is to give proper culture and to give it early, when it is most needed. The most important duty of any people is to care for its children. In the schools of today the future of the nation is written. And to the kindergarten all higher schools must look for the initiative of their work. All other forms of 'national defense' dwindle into impertinent insignificance when compared with the training of the children."

Creator

Claxton, P. P.

Source

M 9 Box 103 Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Publisher

National Kindergarten Association

Date

[1921?]

Contributor

Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries

Rights

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Notes

Learn more:
Kindergartens: A History - 1886, Social Welfare History Project
Americanization, Social Welfare History Project

Citation

Claxton, P. P. , “Begin at the Beginning,” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed September 16, 2021, https://images.socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/items/show/3.