Tag: B. F. Skinner

War, Activism, and A Field of Study

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Vincent VanGogh “Trees and Undergrowth” 1887

As World War II began, activism again took the energies of teachers away from professional advocacy.

As is commonly the practice, teachers put aside their own self interests to speak out and help those who were being victimized or were candidates for oppression and inequality.

In stark contrast to the minimizing view of rural teachers as housekeepers in a 1941 article , a student Sophie Scholl distributed leaflets against the Nazis at the University of Munich because “somebody, after all, had to make a start.” Librarian Clara Breed helped Japanese-American children sent to prison camps. Continue reading “War, Activism, and A Field of Study”

The 1930s

We see today the same resistance to women teachers’ authority and autonomy. This is the history of education in America. One surprise in the 1930s  was Hitler’s view of homeschooling.

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Like today, those who went into the “profession” rapidly discovered the contradiction Continue reading “The 1930s”