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ERIC Number: ED433283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-23
Pages: 34
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Elsie Ripley Clapp and the Arthurdale Schools.
Stack, Sam
This paper recounts the story of Elsie Ripley Clapp (1879-1964), an associate of John Dewey and well known in progressive education circles, who became extensively involved in rural education in Kentucky and West Virginia. The first part of the paper gives an overview of Clapp's early life in the New York City area, her educational background, her teaching experiences, and her acceptance of the position of principal of the George Rogers Clark Ballard Memorial School in Jefferson, Kentucky. Pointing out that Clapp's work at Ballard and later at Arthurdale (West Virginia) were clear attempts to implement progressive pedagogy in more rural settings and in a more public arena, the paper then considers her intellectual growth while at Columbia University and her authorship of articles that provide insight into her ideas about progressive education and the goal of understanding the interaction of the school and the community. The paper describes her work at the Ballard School from 1929 to 1934. It then discusses her work from 1934 to 1936 at the Arthurdale school that was developed as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 which set up the first federal subsistence program. The paper notes that "this wonderful social and educational experiment in community planning lasted only two years." Elsie Ripley Clapp's linking of school and community with self realization and democracy shows that there is a need for serious dialogue on the purpose of education in U.S. society. Includes 85 notes. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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