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HIST 3320: The History of Childhood


Primary Sources

Discussion Questions

  • How did the notion of the modern child evolve from the seventeenth through the twentieth century? Think about the different stages through which experiences of childhood underwent changes according to race, class, gender, and other factors.
  • What does John Locke advocate in his Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693)? Do you think it is still important to us?   
  • Do you think Jean Jacques Rousseau Emile, or On Education or Émile, or Treatise on Education (1762) is fundamental to the understanding of the modern child in the West? Do you think his ideas of education were gender neutral? Substantiate your answers with suitable examples.
  • What role did Mary Wollstonecraft play in envisioning education for women?