OSWEGO, NY – Local author Tim Nekritz is writing a book on the history of State University of New York at Oswego.
At Thursday’s meeting of the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club, he updated members on his progress.
Tim told of the life of Edward Austin Sheldon.
As a young man, Sheldon hated school. He dropped out of Hamilton College and never wanted to be a teacher.
Never-the-less, he led an educational revolution and founded the institution that became State University of New York at Oswego.
He came to the boom town of Oswego and found a large number of poor children that could not read.
He started a school to teach these young people and gradually found a need to instruct teachers how to teach.
The standard method was rote learning.
Sheldon learned of a Swiss method that became known as the Oswego method of teaching.
It has led to the development of the State University system and has influenced education around the world.
Tim has not given the book a title yet; but it will be published soon and sounds like a good read.