It was inspiring to be at a history of education conference. I have not commented in detail on the presentations, because I don’t want to misquote or misrepresent them, nor do I want to reveal my favorites. I learned from them all and was happy to see so many scholars involved in the history of education. I left with many thoughts and titles of books I wanted to read.
The atmosphere was thoughtful, cordial, and low-key. I felt comfortable there though I had met no one previously and was one of the few presenters not affiliated with a college or university.
I had a great time giving my presentation and sensed the interest of the audience. I talked about why schools need a philosophy of education and how the ideas of Michael John Demiashkevich could help us today.
We had beautiful weather in Chicago. After the conference I walked to the lake and visited the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute. I haven’t visited them since childhood. This time I paid attention to the spaces beyond the rooms. Each room had open doors with glimpses into other rooms, or windows with views, or stairs going up. Some of them had wonderful light effects; a French hall had light spilling through the doors and throwing shadows of the furniture onto the floor. As I was looking at it, someone behind me commented to her friend, “You’ve seen one of these rooms, and you’ve seen–” She stopped suddenly. As far as I know, that sentence was never finished.