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ERIC Number: ED198924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Child Development and Education of Children, Age 0 to 8 in Communities of the Society of Brothers.
Wardle, Francis
The infant, early childhood and early school programs of the religious communal organization called the Society of Brothers are described in relationship to the basic beliefs of the Society, and to the fact that most of the children in these programs will remain in a Society community after childhood. Begun in 1920 as a reaction to a world that produced World War I, the Society of Brothers now has three communities in the United States and one in England. Since its inception, communal ownership, adherence to certain religious values, and the care of young children have been important aspects of this communal society. A child first enters the Children's House at age 6 weeks for a few hours each day. As the child grows older he or she spends more time, including Saturday and Sunday morning, in the Children's House. At 8th grade level the children attend the local public schools. Characteristics of educational programs from the first through the fourth grade level are described in detail while programs beyond the fourth grade level are briefly outlined. Also described are characteristics of the community, general attitudes toward children, and conditions favoring healthy prenatal development. In conclusion, an attempt is made to compare children who grow up in communities of the Society of Brothers to non-community children. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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