THE OLD FASHIONED SCHOOL BOOK PROJECT AND CHALLENGE.
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Hello, friends of old fashioned history, and welcome to The Old Fashioned School Book Project. As you may know, I have become somewhat obsessed with old public school readers and have amassed quite a collection from 1814 to 1923. How many? Oh, a stack about 4 to 5 feet high I’d say. The material in these old readers is astounding in the level of reading skill and maturity expected from students of those days, and a tragic reminder of what treasure has been lost in public education. Now, I’m trying to put that collection to good use by extracting the best selections to create a series of new readers, the Advanced Reader (PIOUS TO PROGRESSIVE), then Standard Fifth, down through the First. The First and Second Readers are not yet completed.
I have also compiled a book of devotional material from the old school readers, containing material from the OFSB Readers, plus a lot of material not in the readers. Material not to be easily found elsewhere.
And I have finally gotten around to editing the Devotional, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Readers and am posting them here as free downloads; not because I think they are worthless, but because they are valuable beyond price. Since I edited them myself, some errors may have slipped by, but I think you will find them much better than the drafts I posted before.
If you don’t want to download them, I will be making them available on dvd, flash drive, and eventually, in print. Check back here for details. Of course I will have to charge for those, but, like most of us,i could use a few extra dollars these days,
PIOUS TO PROGRESSIVE: A CENTURY OF AMERICAN READERS is both an advanced reader, and a fairly in-depth study of the origins of American public education, and the deliberate devastation it has undergone, as revealed in a century of public school readers. You are welcome to download it and comment as you see fit — after all, critiques are better than crickets. Also I encourage you to share this pdf, so it doesn’t become extinct!