The Good Education of Youth: Worlds of Learning in the Age of Franklin

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In 1749, Benjamin Franklin published his educational call to arms, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania. In it, Franklin set forth a radically new template for educating students, one that stressed social utility, secular independence, and an English language-based curriculum. This slim pamphlet led to the creation of the University of Pennsylvania, the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in North America. But what were schools like in the early Delaware Valley? Who received an ...

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Overview

In 1749, Benjamin Franklin published his educational call to arms, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania. In it, Franklin set forth a radically new template for educating students, one that stressed social utility, secular independence, and an English language-based curriculum. This slim pamphlet led to the creation of the University of Pennsylvania, the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in North America. But what were schools like in the early Delaware Valley? Who received an education; how was it financed; and where did it occur? Who were the teachers; and what was taught? The essays in this collection seek to answer these questions by looking in detail at Franklin's projects for education alongside educational plans by and for Quakers, African Americans, women, German Americans, and the other populations of Pennsylvania and the region from the colonial era through the early national period.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781584562627
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009

Table of Contents

Foreword H. Carton Rogers Rogers, H. Carton

Essays

Introduction Worlds of Learning in the Age of Franklin John H. Pollack Pollack, John H.

Founding Fathers: Franklin, Jefferson, and the Educability of Americans Michael Zuckerman Zuckerman, Michael

Franklin's Secularization of Quaker Education William C. Kashatus Kashatus, William C.

The Education of African Americans in Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia John C. Van Horne Van Horne, John C.

Benjamin Franklin, Traditions of Liberalism, and Women's Learning in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia Carla Mulford Mulford, Carla

Educating Germans in Colonial Pennsylvania Patrick M. Erben Erben, Patrick M.

The College, Academy and Charitable School in the Province of Pennsylvania: Simultaneously Franklin's Triumph and Defeat Mark Frazier Lloyd Lloyd, Mark Frazier

Provost Smith and His Circle: The College of Philadelphia and the Cultural Transformation of Pennsylvania George W. Boudreau Boudreau, George W.

Afterword: Looking Ahead: Franklin's Theory of Education in the Twenty-First Century Matt Hartley Hartley, Matt Ira Harkavy Harkavy, Ira Lee Benson Benson, Lee

Exhibition Catalogue

Introduction

The Place of Penn

Benjamin Franklin, "Founder"

A (Brief) Franklin Chronology

Learning at the College and Academy

Student Life, Student Lives

William Smith: Forgotten Founder?

Ideas and Ideals

Beginnings

Growth and Challenge

Frontiers of Learning

Scenes of Learning

Households and Clubs

A Rediscovered Franklin Imprint: The Friendly Instructor Lynne Farrington Farrington, Lynne

Scenes of Learning, continued

Reading, Writing, Spelling, Speaking

Science andMathematics

Revolutionary Visions

Disruption and Renewal

Women's Initiative(s)

From Country to City

Schoolhouses of the Delaware Valley: Photographic Essay

Map

Contributors

Index to the Essays

Index to the Exhibition Catalogue and the

Photographic Essay

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