Emily Shirreff 1814-1897
The Froebelian ideas of a Kindergarten were prevalent in the Girls’ Public Day School Company set up in the 1870s and Emily Shirreff, who was one of the founders of this company, was also the president of the Froebel society.
In 1850 Maria G. Grey and Emily Shirreff in their Thoughts on Self-Culture Addressed to Women, wrote that girls were trained to be dependent "distrusting their own conclusions and shrinking from responsibility, till they sink into mere puppets, useless to themselves and to others."
Emily Anne Eliza Shirreff Intellectual Education, and its Influence on the Character and Happiness of Women (1858) http://www.thoemmes.com/psych/female_edu.htm
Thoughts on Self-Culture. Addressed to Women. By Maria S. Grey and her sister Emily Shirreff. was reviwed in The United States Democratic Review, vol. 28, issue 156 (June 1851).
in 1872 Emily Shirreff and her sister Maria Grey founded the Girls' Public Day School Company, enabling schools to be owned by trusts or companies and controlled by a board of governors rather than by private individuals.
Emily Shirreff wrote an introduction to Reminiscences of Froebel (Erinnerungen an Fröbel) by Baroness Bertha Marie von Marenholtz Buelow.
Author Baroness Bertha Maria von Marenholtz-Buelow, Title Reminiscences of Friedrich Froebel/translated by Mrs. Horace Mann Publisher Boston: Lee and Shepherd, 1895 Contents With a sketch of the life of Friedrich Froebel by Emily Shirreff.
Emily Shirref wrote this Hymn
Gracious Savior, Who didst honor
Jesus, Son of human mother,
Thou Who didst with Joseph labor,
Thou Who didst go forth in sorrow,
"Motherhood," L. Meadows White (1860-1950)
"All Saints Old," Darmstadt Gesangbuch, 1698
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Origins of Nursery Education: The Froebelian Experiment
Routledge invited Dr Kevin J. Brehony to edit this collection Froebelian texts, which includes the following:
Shirreff, E. (1880) The Kindergarten Principles of Froebel's System and Their Bearing on the Education of Women. London, Swan Sonnenschein.
Shirreff, E. A. (1887) 'Infant Schools and Kindergartens' Journal of Education. Vol. IX. April. pp. 187-188.
Shirreff, E. (1888). "What is women's work in the world". Journal of Education X(232): 519-520.
Shirreff, E. (1889) 'Froebel's Principles of Education'. Journal of Education. Vol.XI. Dec. pp. 615-616.
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