Elizabeth Palmer Peabody was the founder of the first american kindergarten, an activist, and a renowned transcendentalist. She worked as an assistant teacher in Bronson Alcott's Temple School from 1834 to 1836. Alcott was an important thinker of the time and father of the author Louisa May Alcott. During Peabody's tenure at the school, she took meticulous notes on Alcott's unconventional teaching method, compiled her notes into a book, and had it published.
This is a reproduction of the first edition of Record of a School published in 1835. The descriptions of Alcott, his students, and his method bring to life a school where "external fact was discriminated from internal truth, and the youngest children were exercised on such questions as: 'Is love in the mind, or out of the mind? Is a book in the mind, or out of the mind?'...They soon were able to answer and seldom made a mistake, especially the younger ones."