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Little Commonwealth: Homer Lane

An educationist and psychoanalyst, Homer Lane (1875–1925) became a leading figure in the New Education movement in the United Kingdom during the years preceding, and immediately following, the First World War. For some, he was a charismatic figure whose ideas offered the promise of educational transformation and who died a martyr. In the eyes of others, he was a dubious character who was guilty of infracting both social conventions and the law.

Born in Connecticut, after leaving school, he got a job delivering groceries. While so doing, a doctor sponsored him to take a course in Sloyd, at the Sloyd Training College at Boston. This was a system of manual education based on wood carving with origins in the work of the German educationist Friedrich Froebel. ...

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