The Founding Fathers, Education, and

The Founding Fathers, Education, and "The Great Contest"

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In 1795, the nation's leading research institution offered a prize for the best essay on a system of public education for the United States. Over the next two years, the proposals they received ranged from the ridiculous to the provocative to the eerily familiar. The Founding Fathers, Education, and qThe Great Contestq revisits that unique moment in American history, when the founding fathers first opened the enduring debate on how best to educate the American citizenry. In ten essays, leading historians use the American Philosophical Society's education prize as a starting point for broader explorations of critical themes: gender, race, religion, public versus private education, centralization versus localism, voluntary associations, higher education, and research methods. This book also publishes, for the first time, all of the original contest essays.The American Philosophical Society Prize of 1797 Benjamin Justice ... whiteness and patriarchy without explicitly contradicting the supposed egalitarian impulse of the American Revolution. ... Thus the APS education essay contest did not only produce artifacts that testify to the negotiated relationship between the local andanbsp;...

Title:The Founding Fathers, Education, and "The Great Contest"
Author:Benjamin Justice
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-07-18


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