By Philip A. Cusick
In his attractive new publication, Philip Cusick places the private again into schooling via interpreting the academic studies 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 realized, how they discovered, what they referred to as their schooling, and the way they used schooling to set up their position on this planet. greater than delivering 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 possibly can speak about schooling with no conversing approximately faculties, discuss studying with out speaking concerning the kingdom curriculum, discuss success with no conversing approximately attempt rankings, and speak about responsibility with no speaking approximately instructor instruction. beneficial properties: * A cogent account of the information and occasions of every individual?’s era?—from colonial occasions, while faculties have been few, to the current, while institutionalized education performs a bigger function. * Chapters that illustrate how moral studying stood among what those american citizens knew and what they did, how they have been stimulated by means of 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 americans built their schooling: early and critical studying, own id with large-scale beliefs, autodidacticism, like-minded colleagues, benefiting from education, guiding mentors, paintings that learned previous beliefs, the facility to articulate rules, and rising management.
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592). As much as Lincoln opposed slavery, he and his wife were born in a slave state, Kentucky; he had strong sympathies with local customs. A politician and obligated to work within the limits of the possible, he admitted right up until 1863 when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation that he did not know how to get rid of slavery except to let it expire of its own weight. But while he was sympathetic to those caught in a slave system, he ridiculed the two-thirds rule. Pointing out that South Carolina and Maine had the same number of Congressional representatives although the former contained half the number of free people, and that therefore not only slaves, but those like himself living in nonslave states, were denied equal representation: “I should like for some gentleman, deeply skilled in the mysteries of sacred rights to provide himself with a microscope, and peep about and find out if he can, what has become of my sacred rights” (Lincoln, 1940d, p.
331). Nicolay and Hay, however, attribute that mood to the frontier’s unexplained childdeath, exposure to the elements, and threat of starvation should one fall sick and be unable to do the hard work it took to live. Lincoln, according to those authors, was no more melancholy than others who grew up in that place and time. In sum, during Lincoln’s early years, there were several barriers to obtaining an education. Lincoln said as much, telling Herndon later that when he was young “there was absolutely nothing to excite ambition for education” (Herndon & Weik, 1889/1930, p.
Capitalizing on his opportunities for reading and reflection, he had connected his inner self to worlds beyond his own, and he was then creating an intelligible and usable version of that wider world in which he would live (Nagel, 2002). He was on his way to becoming educated. In 1831 Lincoln declared his independence from his father— although he continued to help the family—and moved to the town of New Salem, Illinois. He was, in his own words, “a friendless, uneducated, penniless boy, working on a flat boat—at ten dollars a month .
A Passion For Learning: The Education Of Seven Eminent Americans by Philip A. Cusick