History of Education 1780-1870 - Brian SimonLondon: Lawrence & Wishart, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier toning to the spine. Price Clipped. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Scattered pencil underlining and marginalia throughout the text.
Contains: Black & white plates;
From the cover: “Brian Simon is a well-known educationist and author of a number of studies on the subject. In this new book he traces the emergence of modern education from the first enthusiastic efforts of the scientific societies in the 1780s up to the securing of universal education with the Act of 1870.
The ideas for model schools of such prominent reformers as James Mill and Jeremy Bentham are expounded in detail, together with the early attempts at working people’s self-education, the struggle for leadership of the Mechanics’ Institutes, and Robert Owen’s movement for communal education. Reform of the universities and of the public and grammar schools is shown as part of the changeover of political power from the landed aristocracy to the industrial middle class. The Chartists are seen striving for working-class education, and the power of the trade unions finally enters to carry through the 1870 Act.
This volume will be of great value to all interested in education. It will be especially welcomed by those who see our history as a continuous interweaving of men’s struggle for a better material existence with their conscious need for greater and wider enlightenment.”