Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Encyclopedia of Chicago defines the Prairie School by saying, "[it] began in Chicago yet rapidly spread across the Midwest. Ultimately its influence was felt around the world—most especially in north-central Europe and Australia. Its origins date from the 1890s."
Asia-Pacific Journal says, "The influence of Frank Lloyd-Wright's prairie school on Japan cannot be overlooked."
It's worth noting that Japan has one of the highest achieving school systems in the world. Now, the Prairie School was not inside a school district. In fact, I've had a hard time finding its location other than that it began in Chicago. It was a labor of love from one man who had already established himself as one of the most influential architects in the world. They had no tenure or teacher unions. In many ways, Frank Lloyd Wright established the country's first charter school. This influential school should be an inspiration for all people who value education everywhere.