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The modern school movement : anarchism and education in the United States

Author: Paul Avrich
Publisher: Oakland, CA : AK Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1909 Francisco Ferrer founded La Escuela Moderna with a curriculum based on the natural sciences and moral rationalism, freed of all religious dogma and political bias. Although students received systematic instruction, there were no prizes for scholarship, no marks or examinations, indeed no atmosphere of competition, coercion, or humiliation. The classes, in Ferrer's words, were guided by the "principle of
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Named Person: Francisco Ferrer Guardia
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Avrich
ISBN: 1904859097 9781904859093
OCLC Number: 67235441
Description: v, 434 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. New York --
1. The martyrdom of Ferrer --
2. The Francisco Ferrer Association --
3. The Ferrer School of New York --
4. Rebels and artists --
5. Three anarchists --
6. Lexington Avenue --
Pt. II. Stelton --
7. The early years --
8. Elizabeth and Alexis Ferm --
9. Mohegan --
10. The declining years --
11. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Paul Avrich.
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"In 1909 Francisco Ferrer founded La Escuela Moderna with a curriculum based on the natural sciences and moral rationalism, freed of all religious dogma and political bias. Although students received systematic instruction, there were no prizes for scholarship, no marks or examinations, indeed no atmosphere of competition, coercion, or humiliation. The classes, in Ferrer's words, were guided by the "principle of solidarity and equality." For this he was murdered in 1909 by the combined forces of Spain's ruling Church and State.".

"Outraged by Ferrer's execution and influenced by his teaching methods, anarchists, artists, and educators joined forces to carry on his work. Between 1910 and 1960 anarchists across the United States established more than twenty schools where children might study in an atmosphere of freedom and self-reliance in contrast to the formality and discipline of the traditional classroom. These "Modern Schools" sought to abolish all forms of authority, political and economic as well as educational, and to usher in a new society based on the voluntary cooperation of free individuals. Their object, during an era of war, social ferment, and government repression, was to create not only a new type of school, but also a new culture, a new life, a new world.".

"Among the participants in the Modern School Movement were anarchists Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, feminist Margaret Sanger, authors Will and Ariel Durant, and groundbreaking artists Robert Henri, George Bellows, and Man Ray. Based on extensive interviews with former pupils and teachers, this work is an investigation into the potential of educational alternatives."--BOOK JACKET.

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