Children Facing School: Sally Brown and Peppermint Patty

Crain, William
April 1999
Montessori Life;Spring99, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p41
Academic Journal
The article focuses on two cartoon characters, Sally Brown and Peppermint Patty, created by Charles Schultz that conveys children's natural feelings toward school. Sally Brown became scared when she learns that she must go to kindergarten. John Dewey emphasized that major part of Sally's difficulty is that school requires her to learn material that has no relationship to her active life. Meanwhile, Peppermint Patty is a 7-year old tomboy who loves sports and games and believes that Snoopy is a kid. The author states that Peppermint illustrates the extent to which many children can only be spontaneous and happy outside the classroom. She asserts that school should respect the child's natural ways of learning and foster the natural qualities of childhood.


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