Education and Democracy: The Meaning Of Alexander Meiklejohn, 1872?1964

Paperback | January 9, 2009

byAdam R. Nelson

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This definitive biography of the charismatic Alexander Meiklejohn tracks his turbulent career as an educational innovator at Brown University, Amherst College, and Wisconsin’s “Experimental College” in the early twentieth century and his later work as a civil libertarian in the Joe McCarthy era. The central question Meiklejohn asked throughout his life’s work remains essential today: How can education teach citizens to be free?  

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This definitive biography of the charismatic Alexander Meiklejohn tracks his turbulent career as an educational innovator at Brown University, Amherst College, and Wisconsin’s “Experimental College” in the early twentieth century and his later work as a civil libertarian in the Joe McCarthy era. The central question Meiklejohn asked th...

Adam R. Nelson is associate professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is author of The Elusive Ideal: Equal Educational Opportunity and the Federal Role in Boston’s Public Schools, 1950–1985.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 9, 2009Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299171442

ISBN - 13:9780299171445

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface: Meiklejohn, Socrates, and the Paradox of Democratic Education
Acknowledgments

Providence, 1872-1911
1. “A Voyage across the Atlantic” and “Kant’s Ethics,” 1872-1899
2. “College Education and the Moral Ideal,” 1900-1911

Amherst, 1912-1924
3. “The College as Critic,” 1912-1919
4. “To Whom Are We Responsible?” 1920-1924

Madison, 1925-1932
5. “A New College with a New Idea,” 1925-1928
6. “A Most Lamentable Comedy,” 1929-1932

Berkeley, 1933-1947
7. “Adult Education: A Fresh Start,” 1933-1940
8. “A Reply to John Dewey,” 1941-1947

Berkeley, 1948-1964
9. “What Does the First Amendment Mean?” 1948-1954
10. “The Faith of a Free Man,” 1955-1964

Afterword: Education and the Democratic Ideal—The Meaning of Alexander Meiklejohn

Notes
Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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“Meiklejohn . . . experimented throughout his life with teaching curriculum and institutional organization in an effort to create educational programs that inspired people to create democratic societies. . . . Nelson has done a great service to Meiklejohn’s memory by capturing student voices and allowing them to evoke Meiklejohn at his best—as a teacher and scholar of ethics and democracy.”—Mary Ann Dzuback, Journal of American History