Here’s a priceless memory of Froebel’s teaching style from his first boarding student, Dr Christian Eduard Langethal in 1872:
"Froebel was original; so naturally the children he educated were encouraged to be original too. He wanted to educate children to be free thinkers, not copies – people, not machines. Our understanding, our ability to reason, and the strength of our bodies were to develop in harmony and not – as was customary – to the exclusion of each other. This was Froebel’s cardinal educational rule, the foundation of all other principles. Of course this meant the teacher needed to fully understand, and respond to, the individual character, strengths and weaknesses of each pupil. We heard the words, “respond to the children!” almost every day."
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