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Hesburgh Lecture: Save Our Schools, Save Our Country, Save Your Family

Brian S. Collier, Ph.D

Elizabeth Jen

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Hesburgh Lecture: Save Our Schools, Save Our Country, Save Your Family

Brian Collier, Ph.D Save Our Schools, Save Our Country, Save Your Families Early American Education Native Communities Learning based on community needs
Success determined by achieving a mastery level
Students taught by community members Spanish Influence Began in 16th century
Missions set up in present-day California and Florida
Missions primarily used for military purposes but doubled as religious institutions. After these, missions were used for education.
Church funded education Who did the missions serve? 1. Itinerant travelers
2. Indigenous people Colonial Massachusetts Harvard College founded in 1636
1647 Old Deluder Satan Law
Focus on religion in school
Education became a community expense How do YOU think about schools? What is the purpose of schools? Safety? Social uplift? Community Center? Legacy of Spanish Influence on Education Top down
Little focus on knowledge of students and their families
Violent aspect Drexel family of Philadelphia creates schools to educate those less fortunate than themselves.
Abolitionists create schools to educate enslaved people
Both groups teach students in a manner that reflects the way THEY were taught with little sensitivity to the situation of their students. Horace Mann founds the Common School Movement
idea that education should be for everyone
religion was kept separate from education for the first time
trajectory of teacher to policy maker to administrator was established Industrialization
Noah Webster's American spelling book creates faster spread of ideas
People migrate to cities for work Rising crime rates lead to public call to civilize the population The Vocational Model Industrialization leads the way for Immigration Influx

Jane Addams founds Hull House serving as: Roots in Indian Schools and Freedman's Bureau for freed slaves
students trained in homemaking or a specific trade School as Social Reform John Dewey strived to create a school including the ideas of social reform and development of a society What is the agenda of American schools and education? Who is controlling our schools? Who is involved in decision-making? Have we lost our schools and control over education? Depression Era 2010 1978 1960s-1970s (cc) image by jantik on Flickr 2001 Today Have schools begun to suffer? Anxiety
Pressure to do better and work harder civilizing agent
employment agency
social welfare spot
getting children into school St. Catherine Indian School
Santa Fe, New Mexico "What are you here for?"
-Father Hesburgh, C.S.C. So...what can be done? Get involved!
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