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WILDERSPIN, S[amuel]
Infant education; or remarks on the importance of educating the infant poor, from the age of eighteen months to seven years. With an account of the Spitalfields' Infant School, and the system of instruction there adopted. To which is added, the latest improvements, and a list of schools already established, in England. . Third edition, with considerable practical additions.
London: W. Simpkin & R Marshall, 1825. large 12mo., xii + 288pp., original boards backed in cloth, spine lettered in gilt, the binding generally a little worn, but still a very good, sound copy. This book, a notable and pioneering work in the development of infant education, was first published in 1823. 'About 1819, while serving as a clerk to the minister of a New Jerusalem church in south London, Wilderspin met James Buchanan, a fellow Swedenborgian, recently arrived from Robert Owen's famous school in New Lanark to open the first London infant school at Brewer's Green, Westminster. When Joseph Wilson, a London silk merchant, decided in 1820 to open a similar infant school in Spitalfields, Buchanan recommended Wilderspin and his wife, Sarah Anne (whom he married in 1811), as master and mistress. With some help from Buchanan and occasional visits from Owen, Wilderspin evolved innovative methods of teaching large groups of children from two to six years of age. These were described in his first book, On the Importance of Educating the Infant Children of the Poor,> published in 1823, which also emphasized the need for education as a means of combating juvenile crime and raising the social level of the poor. Wilderspin's school in Spitalfields attracted many visitors and led to the formation of the Infant School Society, a middle-class philanthropic organization, in 1824. Wilderspin became the society's agent, travelling on horseback or by gig throughout Britain to found and popularize infant schools on his model. On the demise of the society in 1828, he settled in Cheltenham … [Click Below for Full Description]
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