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ERIC Number: ED110622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 255
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Unearthing Seeds of Fire: The Idea of Highlander.
Adams, Frank
The book recounts the history and explains the philosophy of Highlander Folk School in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. Devoted to social reform, the school has functioned in an unconventional way to develop leadership and participation in three social movements in the South: the labor organizing drives of the thirties, the civil rights movement of the fifties, and the Appalachian movement of the sixties. Subject to constant criticism and harrassment, the school has continued to operate, without planned curriculum or courses, at its defined task: to make class-conscious workers who envision their roles in society, and to furnish motivation as well as technicians for the achievement of this goal. Myles Horton, founder of Highlander, found that an effective way to help students to understand the present social order is to throw them into conflict situations where the real nature of society is projected. The Highlander education does not include reading or work skills; its center is problems defined by the people. The teachers' job is to get the people talking about problems, to raise and sharpen questions, and to trust people to come up with the answers. Students share knowledge and experience and call on community resource people. (Author/AJ)
John F. Blair Publisher, 1406 Plaza Drive SW, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103 ($7.95)
Publication Type: Books
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