By Joseph Featherstone

As an educator and journalist who has been heavily watching faculties for greater than 3 many years, Joseph Featherstone is a robust voice within the fight for higher education in our state. This much-needed and wonderfully written assortment testifies to the significance of respecting kid's minds, instructing all little ones, the craft of educating, and democratic values.

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Gradgrind (the utilitarian child-hating capitalist in Charles Dickens’s novel, Hard Times). The attack is based on a fundamentally countermodern and developmental picture of human nature that emphasizes spontaneity and creative autonomy. For all its origins in the Romantic doctrines of individualism, individual growth, and personal development, the argument insists that the capitalist doctrine of materialistic, rational self-interest is in the end a philosophy of death. Casting social criticism in the form of a battle between life and death is the essence of this Romantic position, and from it have emerged some of the most powerful and moving critical accounts of modernity, as well as a very great deal of cant.

O’Neill’s characters, like the rest of us, are speaking about the family in order to explain their attitudes toward life itself. NOTE 1. With great regret we note that it is now 2002 and the “radical old people’s movement” has not yet emerged. But we can certainly still hope! An American Education JANUARY 1982 I WANT TO TALK about some of the elements that go into a complete education. I assume that the aim of education is a more conscious and complete self. I want to suggest that a sound education is the product of a mediation between certain of the great contraries of existence.

Romanticism remains the underlying cultural mode for Anglo-Americans and for many Europeans, too. We can hope to go beyond it—we have to—but we shall have to go through it, which means coming to a better appreciation of its strengths and delusions. Rousseau’s arguments about nature and childhood become part of an important assault on the world-view of Locke, Bentham, and Mr. Gradgrind (the utilitarian child-hating capitalist in Charles Dickens’s novel, Hard Times). The attack is based on a fundamentally countermodern and developmental picture of human nature that emphasizes spontaneity and creative autonomy.

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