The Myles Horton Reader: Education for Social Change

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Cornel West has called Myles Horton “an indescribably courageous and visionary white brother from Tennessee.” Horton (1905-1990) cofounded the Highlander Folk School (now known as the Highlander Research and Education Center), an institution controversial from its beginnings. During the early labor movement, the Highlander School sponsored programs for both union organizers and rank-and-file members; the staff of Highlander saw education as a way to approach and work through problems. Issues of race were always ...

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Overview

Cornel West has called Myles Horton “an indescribably courageous and visionary white brother from Tennessee.” Horton (1905-1990) cofounded the Highlander Folk School (now known as the Highlander Research and Education Center), an institution controversial from its beginnings. During the early labor movement, the Highlander School sponsored programs for both union organizers and rank-and-file members; the staff of Highlander saw education as a way to approach and work through problems. Issues of race were always important to the school, which became a beacon for the civil rights movement; its summer institutes included such influential participants as Rosa parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Andrew young. His commitment to education as an agent of social change allowed Horton to see himself as both a teacher and a student, as one who could learn from others as well as help others learn. The Myles Horton Reader presents essays, speeches, and interviews, giving the reader a grounding in the pathbreaking work of an extraordinary man.

The editor: Dale Jacobs is assistant professor of English and director of composition at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. His work has appeared in Composition Studies, Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, National Writing Project Quarterly, and other publications.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572332713
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The editor: Dale Jacobs is assistant professor of English and director of composition at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. His work has appeared in Composition Studies, Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, National Writing Project Quarterly, and other publications.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I The Idea of Highlander
Christmas Night, 1931, Copenhagen, Denmark 3
How Highlander Differs from a College 4
The Roots of Southern Radicalism 7
Highlander 11
Influences on Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, Tennessee, USA 20
Building in the Democracy Mountains: The Legacy of the Highlander Center 33
Ideas That Have Withstood the Test of Time 44
A Different Kettle of Fish 59
II The Labor Movement
Notes on Worker Education 69
The Highlander Folk School 72
The Community Folk School 76
The Layman's Stake in Education: As a Member of Organized Labor Views It 96
Study the Power Structure 99
On Building a Social Movement 109
The Adventures of a Radical Hillbilly, Part I 117
III The Civil Rights Movement
We Must Understand People as They Are 141
Citizenship Schools 143
It's a Miracle - I Still Don't Believe It 148
The Place of Whites in the Civil Rights Movement 159
Walking toward Real Freedom 168
A Faith Venture 177
Racism, Education, and Social Change 180
What Is Liberating Education? 184
The Adventures of a Radical Hillbilly, Part 2 189
IV Educational Philosophy
Educational Theory 211
People's Needs Make an Educational Program 217
Crisis Education 219
A Learning System 221
A People's Movement to Liberate Education 228
Why Don't Reforms Reform? 230
Decision-Making Processes 233
Democratic Involvement in Decision Making and Action 251
Highlander's Educational Program 257
How People Learn 270
A Circle of Learners 272
Notes 279
Works Cited 305
Index 311
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