Serendipity, or So it Would Seem

  • Geraldine Jonçich Clifford
Part of the Leaders in Educational Studies book series (LES, volume 3)


While teaching third grade in San Lorenzo, California, had I not been bored with the given approach to teaching spelling - still a “big ticket” item in the elementary school curriculum in the 1950s - I would probably not have turned my bundle of possibilities toward the history of education. No obvious signs pointed there: not in 1954 when I graduated from college, nor in 1958 when I enrolled in a doctoral program. Yes, I had enjoyed and done well in history courses; but I had liked and met the modest demands of virtually every subject leading to a high-school diploma, teaching credential, and two college degrees.


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