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Unformatted text preview: Because of his sicknesses, the family's financial situation, and its relocation, Edison did not start school until he was about eight years old. He first attended the private school of Reverend G.B. Engle. Unfortunately, he was a restless pupil and did not perform well. He disliked the rote teaching methods and the lack of flexibility. When the teachers claimed that he was a slow child, his mother took him out of school and began teaching him herself at home. From his mother, Edison learned basic reading, writing and arithmetic. His father introduced him to his own favorite philosopher, Thomas Paine. Reading became a passion, and Edison read extensively, especially popular science periodicals and novels. Later on, as an adult, he would take this same approach in doing research for his inventions, sometimes spending days in the library. He read voraciously and did not his inventions, sometimes spending days in the library....
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