Kopenhagen: bey Heineck und Faber, 1776. Second edition, enlarged, of Resewitz’s book on educational reform, aimed at educating citizens in the use of common sense. Resewitz (1729-1806), a theologian and educator, was a parson at the German church in Copenhagen and taught at Copenhagen University. The culmination of his academic activities was this project for the organization of a school to provide education for a modern age and to prepare all sections of society for a useful, productive life. Resewitz proposed a three-pronged educational system, demanding the extension of elementary education to the peasant class, an artisan’s school for manual workers, and higher education for the middle and upper classes, again divided into more practical secondary schools for future merchants and businessmen, and grammar schools for those destined for academic study. When his proposals first appeared in 1773, they attracted the attention of Baron von Zedlitz, the minister of Frederick the Great, who also supported Basedow and his followers, and whose reform activities represented an important stage in the transition from Church to State control of education. Label a bit chipped. A very good, clean copy. Contemporary full marbled sheep, spine stamped in gilt, with gilt paste-paper label. Octavo. . [xxiv], 244 pp. Item #15588
Zedlitz offered Resewitz a position as head of the proposed reform institution of Kloster Berge, where he could implement his reform proposals. In preparation for this Resewitz published this second, updated edition of his work. Unfortunately, Resewitz proved a better theoretician than an administrator, and he was soon accused of financial irregularity and mismanagement.
Though OCLC lists a number of copies of both editions in Germany, it lists only two copies each of the first edition and the present second edition in North America, including copies of the first at Stanford and Northwestern and copies of the second at Brigham Young and Columbia.