A Passion For Learning: The Education Of Seven Eminent by Philip A. Cusick PDF

By Philip A. Cusick

ISBN-10: 0807745669

ISBN-13: 9780807745663

In his attractive new booklet, Philip Cusick places the private again into schooling by means of studying the tutorial stories 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 this planet. greater than supplying only a sequence of non-public histories, Cusick argues that the discourse approximately schooling has become a discourse approximately academic associations. yet his descriptions exhibit that one could discuss schooling with out conversing approximately colleges, speak about studying with out conversing in regards to the nation curriculum, speak about success with no conversing approximately try ratings, and discuss responsibility with no conversing approximately instructor practise. beneficial properties: * A cogent account of the guidelines and occasions of every individual?’s era?—from colonial occasions, whilst faculties have been few, to the current, whilst 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 motivated via 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 developed their schooling: early and severe analyzing, own identity with large-scale beliefs, autodidacticism, like-minded colleagues, benefiting from education, guiding mentors, paintings that discovered past beliefs, the facility to articulate rules, and rising management.

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Thomas continued his parents’ westward proclivities. When Abraham was 7, the family went from Kentucky to Indiana; when Abraham was in his teens, to southern Illinois. Having wrested the land from the Indians, the pioneers commenced to fight with one another about who owned what and questions of land ownership fomented some of the family’s moving. The issue of Thomas’s learning is disputed. According to his son, he “was a wandering laboring boy who never did more than bunglingly write his own name” (Lincoln, 1940a, p.

367). Always the logician, Lincoln drew out the logical conclusions of his opponents’ argument: What will satisfy them? Simply this . . cease to call slavery wrong and join them in calling it right. And this must be done thoroughly—done in acts as well as in words. Silence will not be tolerated. Senator Douglas’s new sedition act must be enacted and enforced, suppressing all declarations that slavery is wrong. (Lincoln, 1940d, p. 369) So Lincoln orated his way to the presidential nomination. Along the way in the presidential debates of 1859, he lured Douglas into saying that slavery, according to the Kansas–Nebraska Act, could be outlawed by state and local government, admitting, in effect, that should the local residents decide, slavery could be outlawed even in slave states.

Would they slaughter their for- Abraham Lincoln 45 mer masters? Should they be drafted into the Union army and would they fight?

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