Learning to read is not a new thing. Daniel Wolff takes one on a tour de force of great Americans and describes their early childhood educations. He tells us unknown detail about well known and not so well known people, all of whom we are happy to know better because of his skilled story telling.
Combining American history, biography and educational development, provides a great pot full of information which he stirs masterfully to make sense of what we all ask our children to master.
Turns out the molds we attempt to jam our offspring into are little different than the ones that were available to our ancestors. The good news is that those that don't fit, adapt as required and contribute to society in spite of rather than because of their education. Mark Twain said he never let school get in the way of his education. Daniel Wolff explains why this has been a valid observation for the past two hundred years. He is well worth reading no mater how you learned to read.