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ERIC Number: ED011632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Oct-12
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE UNCOMMON SCHOOL.
HOULE, CYRIL O.
IN THIS ADDRESS CYRIL O. HOULE SPOKE ON AN EPISODE IN THE HISTORY OF ADULT EDUCATION, FOCUSING PARTICULARLY ON THE LIFE AND IDEAS OF HENRY D. THOREAU. HE DISCUSSED JOSIAH HOLBROOK, A CONNECTICUT SCHOOLMASTER, AND CREATED AN AMERICAN LYCEUM, NATIONWIDE IN ITS SCOPE, LINKING TOGETHER ALL THOUGHTFUL AND CULTIVATED MEN IN THE CONTINUING PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE. ANOTHER LYCEUM AT CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS CAME INTO BEING IN 1829, AND IN THAT AREA THERE LIVED MANY LITERARY, POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS, AND HUMANITARIAN LEADERS. AS YEARS WENT BY, THE LYCEUM BECAME A SCHEDULED SERIES OF LECTURES AND ENTERTAINMENT. THOREAU, WHO WAS UNHAPPY TO SEE THE LYCEUM LOSING THE INTERACTIN OF FREE MEN, BECAME SECRETARY AND CURATOR OF THE CONCORD LYCEUM. ONE OF HIS CENTRAL CONCERNS WAS THE PROPER RELATIONSHIP OF MEN TO ONE ANOTHER. THOREAU FELT MAN HAD MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS BUT THE KEY IDEA WAS VOLUNTARY ASSENT. THE LYCEUM WAS A PLACE WHERE THOUGHTFUL MEN COULD MEET TOGETHER TO EDUCATE EACH OTHER AND IT WAS ONE FORM OF TOLERABLE GROUP ASSOCIATION. HOULE CONCLUDED HIS SPEECH BY SAYING THAT CHANCELLOR TOLLEY'S CONCERN FOR ADULT EDUCATION AND HIS INTEREST IN THE HISTORY OF IDEAS FOUND A COMMON MEETING PLACE IN THOREAU'S THOUGHTS. THIS ADDRESS WAS DELIVERED BY THE AUTHOR UPON BEING AWARDED THE WILLIAM PEARSON TOLLEY MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED LEADERSHIP IN ADULT EDUCATION (SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, OCTOBER 12, 1966). (SM)
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY.
Identifiers: Concord Lyceum MA; Holbrook (Josiah); New York (Syracuse); Thoreau (Henry David); TOLLEY MEDAL