By Philip A. Cusick
In his enticing new publication, Philip Cusick places the non-public again into schooling by way of interpreting the tutorial reports of 7 eminent american citizens ?— Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Addams, W. E. B. Du Bois, Eleanor Roosevelt, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Dorothy Day. Devoting a bankruptcy to every, Cusick describes what they discovered, how they realized, what they known as their schooling, and the way they used schooling to set up their position on the earth. greater than offering only a sequence of private histories, Cusick argues that the discourse approximately schooling has became a discourse approximately academic associations. yet his descriptions convey that you'll be able to discuss schooling with no conversing approximately colleges, discuss studying with out conversing concerning the nation curriculum, speak about fulfillment with out speaking approximately try out ratings, and discuss responsibility with no speaking approximately instructor coaching. beneficial properties: * A cogent account of the tips and occasions of every individual?’s era?—from colonial occasions, whilst colleges have been few, to the current, while institutionalized education performs a bigger position. * Chapters that illustrate how moral studying stood among what those american citizens knew and what they did, how they have been stimulated through their households, how a lot in their schooling got here from formal education, and the way they persisted studying all through their lives. * an summary of the typical pillars upon which those american citizens developed their schooling: early and severe interpreting, own id with large-scale beliefs, autodidacticism, like-minded colleagues, benefiting from education, guiding mentors, paintings that discovered prior beliefs, the power to articulate rules, and rising management.
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Extra resources for A Passion For Learning: The Education Of Seven Eminent Americans
Lincoln who, when he became president, had a lot to learn. Not a military man, he became a student of military tactics, a student of his cabinet, and a student of his generals. He studied texts on military strategy and, before he appointed General Halleck, read every book that strategist-general wrote. When he was unable to make General McCellan attack, he considered placing himself in charge of the army. A practical politician, he had learned how to win elections, cultivate voters, compromise on issues, and negotiate the line between the free-the-slaves-at-any-cost abolitionists and the no-extensionof-slavery westerners.
Houser argues that those who went to schools passed their texts around and so Lincoln most likely had access to books such as The Kentucky Preceptor, a commonly used text, filled with selections from English literature. As well, he had access to books on moral philosophy, political economy, astronomy, geography, algebra, and surveying. In addition, Lincoln was a frequent visitor to the home of the area’s leading attorney, John Pitcher, and had access to that gentleman’s 450volume library. At his invitation, Lincoln also attended court and listened to the legal arguments.
His background made him appealing to working people, and he did not hesitate to use his life as a poor man’s son as an argument for equality. In a New Haven speech, he combined the right of workers to strike with racial equality: “I am not ashamed to confess that twenty-five years ago I was a hired laborer, mauling rails, at work on a flatboat, just as what happens to any poor man’s son. I want every man to have a chance, and I believe that a Black man is entitled to it” (Lincoln, 1940c, p. 592).