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The Magical Years: The Bowdoin mMthod At Home
The Magical Years The Bowdoin mMthod At Home Author:Ruth Bowdoin In the mid-sixties, Ruth Bowdoin saw the handwriting on the wall: Problem children would soon outnumber normal in our schools unless something dramatic could be done to improve the child's self-concept and learning abilities. — So, she began doing something dramatic. She began preparing materials that would involve the parent, at home, with the ... more »child. ("After all," she says, "the parent is the best teacher.") She very carefully avoided institutional language in her lessons, writing simply, directly, and clearly. ("So many of the parents want to do the best thing, but don't know how.")
In testing and employing her methods, Ruth Bowdoin created her now-famous "Class-room on wheels," in which parents and children were brought together--on location--to share the learning experience.
The results? After an evaluation of 3000 projects, the United States Office of Education selected only eight for national dissemination. One of those was the Bowdoin project. The next year, Ruth Bowdoin's methods won the coveted "Educational Pacesetter Award."« less