Posted by: Kirsten | Sunday, 8 June 2008

Education… according to Thomas Edison

From the NPS website…

Young “Al” Edison went to school only a few months. His teachers thought he was very slow. Afterward his mother taught him at home. He then taught himself by reading constantly and trying experiments in the basement. He never attended any technical school, college or university. In later life, he said that his mother was the person most responsible for his success.

Edison had strong opinions about education. Most schools, he believed, taught children to memorize facts, when they ought to have students observe nature and to make things with their hands. “I like the Montessori method,” he said. “It teaches through play. It makes learning a pleasure. It follows the natural instincts of the human being . . . The present system casts the brain into a mold. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning.”

Resources:  A Brief Biography of Thomas Edison


  1. Thanks for sharing news of our Institute! We encourage you to attend – if interested, please make your reservations early to avoid the waiting list or disappointment. Reservations are necessary, and we’re filling up fast! I’ll be sure to share news of other opportunities and resources we’ll be offering in the future. Please feel free to forward your suggestions for a homeschool event you’d like to see here at Mount Vernon! Sincerely, Jenna Watson, Director of Education Outreach Technology, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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