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How Dr. Seuss Changed Education in America | #MakerEducation

KidLit Seuss

Great piece highlighting Dr. Seuss’ influence on education in America, as seen through the lens of a new book by Brian Jay Jones, Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination.

Via The New Yorker.

Ever since John Locke articulated his thoughts on education, we have puzzled over what to project upon the blank slate of a child’s mind, remembering the philosopher’s counsel that “the little, and almost insensible impressions on our tender infancies, have very important and lasting consequences.” As Geisel grew into his role as Dr. Seuss, beloved children’s author, he came to represent a distinctly American repurposing of those reflections on childhood. As the mass-media landscape shifted and expanded throughout his life, Geisel eventually came to recognize the vital role of children’s literature. “Children’s reading and children’s thinking are the rock bottom base upon which this country will rise. Or not rise,” he asserted in an editorial, from 1960, in the Los Angeles Times. “In these days of tension and confusion . . . books for children have a greater potential for good or evil, than any other form of literature on earth.”

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