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Old School: McGuffey’s Reader

In Old School on December 3, 2009 at 11:08 am

THE BEST KNOWN SCHOOL BOOK in the history of American education? Ask someone under 20 this question, and if they’re clever, they might say “The Dictionary!” or perhaps, “The Bible!”  They wouldn’t be too far off. An estimated 120 million copies of McGuffey’s Readers sold between 1836 and 1960. Interestingly, William Holmes McGuffey (1800-1873), a Scottish immigrant to the United States, was already a teacher by the age of 14. The series consisted of stories, poems, essays and speeches. The first reader taught by way of phonics techniques. Their value isn’t entirely lost on new generations; they’ve still sold about 30,000 in reprints each year since, and if you really want to mix old school with new, for $2.99, check out McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader, Revised Edition (Kindle Edition). Or, for the old-fashioned types out there,  Get The Actual Book

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