Thank You Elizabeth Palmer Peabody

A friend sent me this picture when she was in Boston.

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody's inscription: A teacher of three generations of children, and the founder of kindergarten in America. Every humane cause has her sympathy, and many her active aid.

Because clearly kindergarten is THE MOST HUMANE CAUSE OF THEM ALL.

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody: Go to school five-year-olds and let your parents be!

And all the parents say: HOORAY! Let’s get that lady a PLAQUE.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

9 thoughts to “Thank You Elizabeth Palmer Peabody”

  1. Ha! That’s hilarious. And, you know, I want to make plaques for parents too. Because at the end of a long first grade day, I’m so happy to send all of my little darlings HOME!

  2. Wow! Something interesting here: Susan Blow is credited with bringing the first public kindergarten to the US, in our neck of the woods. These women deserve a hero’s welcome.

  3. And all the teachers said: Great, a bunch of toddlers crying to see their mommies and can’t open the cafeteria milk by themselves! But they are oh so adorable…

    Or… teachers said: Yay! The most fun curriculum ever!

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