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I'm not a real historian.   I didn't grow up in Princeton.    I don't have an Ivy League education.   

I'm a total Princeton WannaBe. 

Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!


 

 


LAWRENTIANS LAND NEAR PRINCETON! LAWRENTIANS LAND NEAR PRINCETON! THANK GOD!


Students at The Lawrenceville School call themselves Lawrentians, which I LOVE! 

Anyway, learning that made me do a little research on this school which consistently ranks in the Top 5 schools on earth: 

Why are Lawrentians so smart?  Lawrentians sit around a large, oval table, invented by Edmond Harkness.  (In the 1840's, Edmond's dad went West to Cleveland and as a harness maker.  All that frontier made him a decent whiskey maker too.  Anyhoo, he ran so much booze that he was able to own in over 13 percent of Standard and Oil!  Sound like he'd raise a jerk for a son?  Think again .......)

Who thought of THAT Genius Idea?:  Well, Edmond inherited all the cash and spent his whole life giving it away to improve the planet.  In 1934, Edmond gave 5 million dollars to find a different way to teach which created "The Harkness Method"

What's the Harkness Method?  It's a Socratic teaching style around an oval table where 12 students and 1 professor can DISCUSS issues and banter about the big picture, rather than memorize facts.  The professor's seat is called the 13th chair!  I KNOW!

Count on more posts about this worldclass school a mere bike ride from the downtown Princeton! 


 

 

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