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Book Review

‘Little Red’ by Dina Hampton

Ateacher who expects rote learning is like a master who “teaches his dog to sit up and beg,” said the educator Elisabeth Irwin. Children, she believed, must learn to think for themselves, at their own pace.

After graduating from Smith College around the turn of the 20th century, Irwin returned to her native New York, where she opened a private school on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village known as the Little Red School House.

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