Throughout the 20th century, there have been conflicting views on what kindergarten should look like and the types of activities that should take place there. The conflict might not exist if it had not been for the efforts of one woman, Miss Patty Smith Hill, of Louisville, Kentucky, a bright, energetic "kindergartner" who changed the American kindergarten curriculum forever, and fused it to the elementary school as the essential initial experience in public education.
Rudnitski, Rose A.
"Patty Smith Hill and the Progressive Kindergarten Curriculum,"
Education and Culture: Vol. 11
, Article 4.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/eandc/vol11/iss1/art4