Direction in an Age of Confusion
20 Years of Prophecy Fulfilled
Chapter 2 (C)
Part I. IDEAS
Established by our Founders
My great-aunt Grace was 16 when she attended ‘Maryland Normal School’ founded in 1866. As a teaching college attended mostly by women then, she graduated in 1916. The Maryland Normal Schools is now Towson University, in Towson MD, still known for its Education Major programs today.
Upon graduation, she moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and lived with my father’s elders, as young teachers did in those days, teaching at the small local country school near Easton MD. She eventually married one the brothers, my Uncle Lloyd, and they moved there.
My aunt taught elementary school students, eventually became a school principle, and a Board of Education Supervisor, before she retired. She died in 1987, and I eventually inherited all of the boxes of photos, letters, greeting cards, letters of appreciation, and mementos she had kept for over fifty years from parents, students, and other teachers.
Grace and Lloyd never had children of their own, and when she was admitted to a nursing home, with Alzheimer’s needed constant care, so close were they, that Lloyd insisted on moving into the room with her. I was one of the favorite nieces, at 17, was offered a home, and college education support with them, that I wasn’t able to do, but was with them often in the last days of their lives, passing within the week of each other.
I discovered a love for learning early, as my father did; I believe through Grace, who proved long before our contemporary suffragette’s that her gender did not stop her from succeeding at anything. Education for others was her life’s mission.
At sixty-eight, I’m still learning, even enrolled in an international year-long course digitally instructed and in group classes today.
Syllabus 2 (C)
1) Subject Area, 2) Basis, 3) Methods of Change, and 4) Intended Results
• Society Priority
• Equally Balanced
Method of Change
Rights vs Obligations
• Relativity: ‘Reading, Writing, Arithmetic’
• Agricultural/Small Business Community concerns evolve to Industrial/Business needs
• Bigger Schools – More Students
• Focus Recitation of Facts / Ideology
• Less Individual Comprehension
• High Academic ‘Achievement’ versus Vocational Proficiency
• Student Behavioral Issues
• Lack of Socialization
• ‘No Child Left Behind’ Awarded without Work/Studies Earned
• Shared Values Integrity of Education are confused:
Liberal versus Conservative education labeling and intentional divisiveness by many extremists;
Definition: A liberal arts college is a four-year institution of higher education with a focus on undergraduate programs of study that lead to a bachelor's degree. Liberal arts curriculum: Liberal arts colleges focus on broad skills in critical thinking and writing, not narrow pre-professional skills. Along with a focused major, liberal arts students will take a breadth of courses in fields such as religion, philosophy, literature, math, science, psychology, and sociology. (According to: Alan Groves February 2020, https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-a-liberal-arts-college
Some typical examples of liberal arts majors include English, foreign languages, environmental science, biology, earth science, political science, religious studies and psychology. According to: learn.org/articles/What_Does_Liberal_Arts_Mean.html
Definition: A conservative college is for the purposes of this article, we're defining "conservative colleges" as those that are politically right-wing. The students who attend these institutions tend to favor conservative positions like outlawing abortion, reducing the size of government, and protecting gun rights. Oct 27 2019 According to: Justin Berkman: https://blog.prepscholar.com/most-conservative-colleges
Conservative colleges also tend to have more structure. If you prefer more freedom and independence to direct both your education and social life, then you may feel restricted by the discipline of conservative colleges. For instance, some colleges have harsh rules regarding when you can have visitors in your dorm and whether you're allowed to drink alcohol. If those types of regulations rub you the wrong way, then a conservative university might not be right for you. According to Justin Berkman: https://blog.prepscholar.com/most-conservative-colleges
Who was Benjamin Franklin?
Benjamin Franklin was a Founding Father and a polymath, inventor, scientist, printer, politician, freemason and diplomat. Franklin helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, and he negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War.
Franklin’s self-education earned him honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, England’s University of Oxford and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In 1749, Franklin wrote a pamphlet concerning the education of youth in Pennsylvania that resulted in the establishment of the Academy of Philadelphia, now the University of Pennsylvania.
An excerpt from
Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania, by Benjamin Franklin, 1749
The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Common-wealths. Almost all Governments have therefore made it a principal Object of their Attention, to establish and endow with proper Revenues, such Seminaries of Learning, as might supply the succeeding Age with Men qualified to serve the Publick with Honour to themselves, and to their Country.1
Many of the first Settlers of these Provinces, were Men who had received a good Education in Europe, and to their Wisdom and good Management we owe much of our present Prosperity. But their Hands were full, and they could not do all Things. The present Race are not thought to be generally of equal Ability: For though the American Youth are allow’d not to want Capacity; yet the best Capacities require Cultivation, it being truly with them, as with the best Ground, which unless well tilled and sowed with profitable Seed, produces only ranker Weeds.
That we may obtain the Advantages arising from an Increase of Knowledge, and prevent as much as may be the mischievous Consequences that would attend a general Ignorance among us, the following Hints are offered towards forming a Plan for the Education of the Youth of Pennsylvania…
Now, it is time to decide for your answers to these four questions about ‘Education’:
What was your life like twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Five?
Is your life better or worse? Quality of life, peace, stability, and health, in what ways….?
Is society and community around you is as a whole, better or worse?
If your life and the lives of your children or family, in the future is to be determined by your decisions and actions of ‘today’, what are you going to change? Or do?
Years ago I remember a message ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste’…
‘It doesn’t have to be this way….”