The controversy over the principle of education, as noted in the comments to yesterday's posts, surprised me. I expected an abashed silence from readers, who have grown accustomed to reading on this blog occasional statements of the philosophy of Marietta Johnson. Mrs. Johnson consistently came down on the side of children. Instead the commenter who usually comes up with amusing quips and offbeat wisecracks let us know that he is firmly in the camp of the old school -- "Reading and writing and 'rithmetic/Taught to the tune of a hick'ry stick." Something I haven't heard defended in years.
Needless to say, I am more in accord with the response that came from John, who has raised two beautiful sons and any number of animals, and now lives in Sweden. His grasp of the simple educational approach is clear, and his defense of it as good as I could make. Check out what I wrote yesterday and the responses. There is more to be said about this, and I'll let you say it.