Quotation by C. John Sommerville

Quintilian [educational writer in Rome around A.D. 100] thought that the earliest years of the child's life were crucial. Education should start earlier than age seven, within the family. It should not be so hard as to give the child an aversion to learning. Rather, these early lessons would take the form of play—that embryonic notion of kindergarten.
C. John Sommerville (20th century), U.S. professor of history, and author. The Rise and Fall of Childhood, ch. 4 (rev. 1990).
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