Through the Passageway

If you are interested in education and the history of education, I just got this blurb about a book written by a friend of a friend. I wish I had gone to City and Country School and had someone like Jane for a teacher!

“Through the Passageway offers a short history of the founding of City and Country School by Caroline Pratt in 1914, and then, through the intimate view of a teacher in collaboration with colleagues from 1968 to 1998, shows the school’s dynamic approach to learning by experience involving jobs, trips, and the arts. The book presents lively anecdotes of the children (ages three to thirteen) in this setting, for example a five-year-old making a table herself from scratch, and eight-year-olds turning the entire classroom into a ship. It also recounts what happened when the school faced financial problems and when more conservative politics of the 1980s resulted in the pressure to change.

“Through the Passageway describes this vibrant school life as an alternative to the more regimented, test-driven direction education has taken at the present time.”

Jane Llewellyn Smith taught at City and Country School in New York, NY for thirty years. She is retired and lives in Orient, NY. To order a copy email:

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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