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ERIC Number: ED378374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-4
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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A Call to Meeting: Revitalizing the Franklin Junto. Roundtable Discussion.
Graham, Rodger S.
Lifelong learning and adult education have long been the vehicle for change in the growth and development of the United States. Benjamin Franklin helped to promote the concept of lifelong learning and adult education and perhaps planted a few seeds for a new freedom when he developed the Junto in 1727. The Junto, which met for purposes of inquiry, debate, and personal improvement, lasted for nearly 40 years and eventually became the American Philosophical Society. The Franklin Institute was dedicated to ideals by which Franklin lived--those of promoting useful knowledge, invention, and discovery. The institute and other similar organizations such as the Lowell Institute, Lyceum Movement, Chautauqua, and the University of Chicago's Extension Programs continued to promote education for adults and youth. The Junto is one way to overcome the sense of helplessness experienced by many individuals in today's political "largeness." People can start groups within their communities, neighborhoods, places of employment, and churches for the purposes of self-directed learning in civic and other matters as well as self-improvement. (The narrative is followed by 16 quotations; a list of 18 writings that can provide historical reference and understanding of U.S. political development; a list of 8 historical documents on government in relation to the United States. An appendix provides information on how to develop and promote a junto. Contains 15 references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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