By Philip A. Cusick
In his enticing new e-book, Philip Cusick places the non-public again into schooling through reading the academic reviews of 7 eminent americans ?— 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 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 non-public histories, Cusick argues that the discourse approximately schooling has became a discourse approximately academic associations. yet his descriptions exhibit that you can speak about schooling with no speaking approximately faculties, speak about studying with no speaking in regards to the kingdom curriculum, speak about success with out speaking approximately try rankings, and discuss responsibility with out speaking approximately instructor education. positive aspects: * A cogent account of the tips and occasions of every individual?’s era?—from colonial instances, while colleges have been few, to the current, whilst institutionalized education performs a bigger function. * Chapters that illustrate how moral studying stood among what those americans knew and what they did, how they have been stimulated by way of their households, how a lot in their schooling got here from formal education, and the way they endured studying all through their lives. * an overview of the typical pillars upon which those american citizens built their schooling: early and critical studying, own id with large-scale beliefs, autodidacticism, like-minded colleagues, profiting from education, guiding mentors, paintings that learned prior beliefs, the facility to articulate principles, and rising management.
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Lacking the modern penchant for endlessly explaining oneself, he was, in the words of a longtime acquaintance, “the most reticent and secretive man I ever saw or expect to see” (Herndon & Weik, 1889/1930, p. 356). He was himself content to refer to his early life with a phrase from Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard” as “the short and simple annals of the poor” (D. D. Anderson, 1970, p. 17). Some of what is known about Lincoln’s youth comes from a brief autobiography that he wrote when running for president in 1859.
He encouraged Thomas Paine to write Common Sense and printed and distributed that essay through his post offices. He edited the Declaration of Independence and was part of group appointed to devise the great seal of the United States. He worked on establishing a national post office and wrote the “Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union,” the first agreement of the then-separate colonies to join together. In 1777 he, along with John Adams, was sent by Congress— desperate for money and supplies—to France to try to work out an alliance.
He would work hard and study all there was for a case he had in hand. He got to be a pretty good lawyer, though his general knowledge of law was never very formidable. But he would study out his case and make as much of it as anybody. (Luthin, 1960, p. 67) And another partner commented, “If there is one indisputable fact about Lincoln’s work in the courts, it is that from the moment of his retainer, he played for keeps . . [he] left no stone unturned in invoking every defense available to a client.
A Passion For Learning: The Education Of Seven Eminent Americans by Philip A. Cusick