Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Jefferson’

This post reviews Ruth Wallis Herndon and John E. Murray, eds., Children Bound to Labor: The Pauper Apprentice System in Early America(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009)

This fascinating book is the product of a long process of collaboration by a wide range of historians brought together by the Spencer Foundation under the leadership of the amazing educational historian John Rury.  Herndon and Murray collaborated with 11 other researchers to produce the most comprehensive and compelling look by far at the institution of pauper apprenticeships in North America from the colonial period until about 1850.  Why does this matter for homeschooling?  Because throughout this period, the most common way to educate children in dire circumstances was in the homes of more stable families.  (more…)

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This post reviews Paul Theobald, Education Now: How Rethinking America’s Past Can Change Its Future (Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2009).  [An article that summarizes many of the points made in the book is available here]

Theobald, Woods-Beals Chair of Urban and Rural Education at Buffalo State College and author of two other books on rural education and community revival, here presents a wide-ranging revisionist account of the economic, political, and educational history of Europe and the United States in an effort to suggest reforms that begin in schools and ultimately will transform the U.S. into a more populist and economically stable place.  In this review I’ll summarize his main argument and then explain what it means for homeschooling.  (more…)

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