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ERIC Number: EJ868156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Profit-Making as Character Education: Social Education in the Moraine Park School and Antioch College, 1916-1933
Watras, Joseph
Theory and Research in Social Education, v37 n4 p432-457 Fall 2009
Arthur E. Morgan and other self-made business leaders opened Moraine Park School in 1917 to provide a form of character training that they feared had ended in the United States. These men believed that young people gained the best social education when they had to run their own companies because such opportunities enabled students to acquire the commercial habits, develop the ability to judge material values, and develop ethical perspectives. Calling this component the masculine element, they wanted young people to work on their own in schools in ways the rise of corporations and large cities made difficult. Appealing to the popular image of the self-made entrepreneur, Morgan's idea made Moraine Park School popular. It was one of the first institutions to join the Progressive Education Association (PEA), and Morgan served three terms as the PEA president. In addition, Morgan applied his idea of social education to Antioch College when he became president, and he used it in schools he built for the families of workers in his dam construction projects in the Miami Valley Conservancy and in the Tennessee Valley Authority. Although hailed in his time as an innovator, Morgan did not make an important philosophical contribution to educational thought because he considered the opportunity to create businesses as a separate element apart from academic subject matters.
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Language: English
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