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New Meetup: Part II: The History of American Education

From: Alexandra
Sent on: Saturday, May 22, 2010 5:09 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for "Ideas that shaped history" discussion group!

What: Part II: The History of American Education

When: Saturday, June 12,[masked]:30 PM

Laura's residence
949 N. Hill Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104

Part II: The History of American Education from the Colonial Period to the Present ? (Back by popular demand!)

Good news for those of you who wanted badly to attend our last meeting, but could not do so because it coincided with Mother?s Day. We will continue discussing the history of education at our next meeting!

We had an exceptionally lively discussion during our last meeting. We looked at the state of education in this country and came to the conclusion that, by and large, it fails to adequately prepare young people for life in the real world. We looked nostalgically at the one-room schoolhouse and found that it had many positive features, such as older children teaching younger children and thereby reinforcing their own knowledge and confidence.

We then looked at how and why we have moved from one-room schoolhouses to contemporary mega-schools. We examined the influence on modern education of such influential people as John Dewey, Horace Mann, and Alexander Inglis, taking a critical view of some of the Dewey?s ideas. We strayed a bit from our original topic and discussed the problem of epistemology (how do we know what is true?), but then returned to our topic and debated what role, if any, religion should have in education, and whether school attendance should be compulsory. There was disagreement among us about these issues, as should be expected, but the differences among us were stimulating, and nearly everyone chimed in with enthusiasm.

We had such a fantastic time doing all of this that the two hours flew by, and we had not nearly exhausted the topic. We agreed, almost unanimously, that we should continue our discussion at our next meeting.

This is the first time in the history of this meet-up that a topic has generated a consensus for further discussion. Even such fascinating topics as Ancient Greece, the fall of Rome, and the Enlightenment didn?t inspire a part two. This must mean that the history of education is a subject dear and near to many hearts. It does indeed directly affect just about all of us!

Please come to Laura?s home on June 12, where we'll take up the History of Education in America ? Part II! Here?s your second chance to weigh in on our educational system?how it came to be, and where we go from here.

The meeting will take place on the second Sunday in June, (June 12th) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Laura?s home. Please bring some snacks or juice to share.

To cover the cost of running this meet-up, a donation of $2 is respectfully requested.

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