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, about 4 to 5 feet I’d say. Now, I’m trying to put that collection to good use by extracting the best selections to create a series of new readers, advanced first, then fifth down through first.
As some of you may also know, I am running waaaay behind schedule, but I do have the first three readers in draft form for review.You are welcome to download them, and share them; please do, if you think them worthwhile.
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!