AudiR10 Wrote:
Nov 02, 2012 1:39 PM
My father learned from the McGuffy Readers in rural Wisconsin in the 1930s and 1940s. He didn't graduate from high school (he was one of 12 and all hands were needed on the farm during the Depression) but he could recite from memory all kinds of thrilling poetry such as "The Ride of Paul Revere" and "The Highwayman" and "The Wreck of the Hesperus" because every Friday the kids in his little school had to stand up before the class and recite something from the Reader, of their own choice, from memory. By the way, he could also recite all the Founding Documents and could tell you exactly where in the Constitution any particular power was found.