Bradley, Ann
February 2004
Education Week;2/18/2004, Vol. 23 Issue 23, p4
Donald Barr, a writer and educator who served as the headmaster at two private schools, died recently. Barr was the headmaster of the Dalton School in New York City from 1964 to 1974, moving on to head the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York. At both schools, he was known for a tough stance toward student discipline and as an outspoken opponent of both permissive education and parenting styles. The author of numerous books, including several for children exploring mathematics and science, Barr published the book "Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty?" The collection of essays ranged widely over the nature of children, permissiveness in society, sex education, technology, testing, and the teaching of grammar. Before his career in precollegiate education, Barr served as an English professor at Columbia University and assistant dean of its school of engineering, where he directed a program for gifted high school students.


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