Part One: an excerpt from a bulletin distributed in 1929
I love reading about the beginnings of Graland School. This is a three part series about Graland in 1929-- an excerpt from a bulletin distributed that year,
“Graland Country Day School has given to the intermountain region one of those institutions which, in the East, are becoming famous for two things-- their extraordinary accomplishments and. . . their waiting lists.
“This method is called progressive education. It is a scientific approach to the child, a method tested and verified; yet, to the child it is merely one delightful experience after another. He likes school. He doesn’t want to go home.
“Parents, feeling the need, founded Graland in 1927. In 1928, a beautiful, airy, thoroughly equipped school was built, apart from, but accessible to the city proper. Excellent teachers, well-grounded in the method were secured.
“As Graland children work and play with freedom and enthusiasm, they seem quite unconscious of the discipline and exacting courses of study to which they are being subjected.
“To summarize accomplishments is less convincing than to talk to the parents or children or to visit the school itself. Such inquiry reveals common sense applied to young minds and bodies learning how to live in a very complex world. “
I laughed when I read about the "exacting courses to which they are being SUBJECTED."
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.