The Philosophy of Education of William Torrey Harris in the Annual Reports

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University Press of America, 2008 - Education - 59 pages
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The intertwining careers of William Torrey Harris (1835–1909) converge in twelve of the Annual Reports of the Board of Directors for St. Louis Public Schools. Harris formulated most of the essential features of these twelve reports as the Superintendent of Schools from 1867 to 1869. These particular reports—which have been acclaimed nationally and internationally—are said to be among the most valuable official publications in American educational literature. They are far different from the descriptive documents originally intended by their author. This study demonstrates that Harris provided an authentic philosophy of education, a set of interrelated philosophical principles and their applications to educational problems. The substance of Harris's philosophy of education is focused upon a broadly based philosophical anthropology in relationship primarily to the purposes, curriculum, and teaching methods in intellectual, moral, and religious education.
 

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Contents

Background and Nature of the Topic
1
COMMENTARIES FROM SELECTED SECONDARY SOURCES
3
Philosophy of Education in the Annual Reports
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EXAMPLES OF PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
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General Nature of the Human Person and Education
12
The Human Mind and Education
15
Human Socialization and Education
20
Human Freedom and Education
26
Morality and Religion and Education
30
Religion and Education
36
Summary
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Summary and Conclusion
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Epilogue
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Bibliography
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About the Author
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About the author (2008)

Peter M. Collins is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the History of Philosophy and Pedagogy in Silver Spring, Maryland. Professor Collins taught for thirty-two years at Marquette University. His teaching and research career has been focused upon philosophy and education. His articles on philosophy and education have appeared in thirty different scholarly journals published in the United States, Australia, Ireland, and England, among many others.

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