The View From the Castle: While the Three Rs are declining in classroom, we may have to teach them--objectively--in museums

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, a crusader for higher education, attacks the self-fulfillment syndrome which defines America's youth. Ripley proposes that museums, using exhibits of objects associated with words to reinforce the learning process, become an alternative option for teaching.


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Ripley makes a reference to Madame Montessori, whose kindergarten Ripley attended during his childhood in New York City.

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Smithsonian Vol. 7, no. 2 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


May 1976


  • Montessori method of education
  • Education
  • Youth Culture
  • Castle View
  • Museums
  • Universities and colleges
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Preschool
  • Museums--Educational aspects

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