Hannah More

by Charlotte M. Yonge

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Hannah More was born in 1745 in the village of Fishponds, located near Bristol. Her father was a teacher, which helped to ensure that Hannah and her siblings were educated. She was once engaged, but the nuptials did not take place. Instead, More enjoyed an annual payment from the broken engagement from her would-be husband, William Turner. More used the money to allow her to live her dreams–to be a writer. She wrote a great deal, especially poetry in her younger days. In 1787 she became more involved in the abolition movement. A year later, her poem, “Slavery, A Poem” became a powerful call to action against slavery by bringing attention to Britain’s role and the blight on Christianity from the ungodly practice.

She continued to fight against slavery, but also turned her attentions towards building schools for impoverished children. More also became more involved in her religious community, and her writing took on more evangelical, including writing several religious tracts. She worked in conjunction with Sunday schools to create programs to combat illiteracy. She passed away in 1833, after seeing Britain finally abolish slavery.

 

 

 

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Speech and Manners for Home and School

by Miss E. S. Kirkland

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E. S. Kirkland wrote books intended for children regarding domesticity in general. Her most popular book was Six Little Cooks, aiming to teach children how to cook, along with some specially selected recipes. When first released, Speech and Manners for Home and School was advertised with the following:”This book…is intended to call the attention of young people to the correct use of their mother-tongue, and to furnish some hints in regard to the most common violations of good breeding. The readers will probably find themselves conscience-stricken at the thought of their own frequent violations against “The King’s English,” not to speak of the points connected more especially with juvenile life and comprised under the general name of Manners.”

 

 

 

 

The Women of the French Salons

by Amelia Gere Mason

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Amelia Gere Mason developed Women of the French Salons by creating an archive of oral histories of women who participated in the salons. She also poured through letters, original manuscripts, memoirs and other writings of participants. Mason credits the salon culture with assisting French women in developing a strong culture of intellect, independence, knowledge and poise, which allowed for advances both individually—participating in salons helped elevate some women—and for France as a whole, as Mason argues, the salons encouraged modernity and new thought. In this work, Mason focuses on the years 1700-1900, roughly, and admittedly sacrifices some depth for breadth in illustrating how consequential salons were to culture over time. Despite her detailed research, little else is known of the life or work of Amelia Gere Mason.

 

Stanford Patriarchs: Preliminary Notes on the Prosopographical Significance of the Beards, Dundrearies, and Muttonchops of the First (Rather Anonymous) Trustees of Stanford University, with the Rare Bancroft Company Edition of the Founding Documents

by Paul Rich

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Stanford University is a product of the Gilded Age, when robber barons turned their attention to culture. The original Stanford trustees were commemorated in the now rare Bancroft commemorative souvenir volume, which is presented with a commentary by Professor Paul Rich.  

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Paul Rich was Titular Professor of International Relations and History at the University of the Americas—Puebla, Mexico and Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, as well as a fellow of the Royal History Society, and recipient of the James Carter and Cameron awards for social science research. He is a life governor of Harris College, Oxford University and the author of many works on the relationship between ritual and politics.

 

My Garden of Memory: An Autobiography of an Advocate for Early Child Education

by Kate Douglas Wiggin

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Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) was a pioneer, leading the way to massive reform of children’s education in the United States, along with her sister, Nora Archibald Smith. During the late 1800s, most people had minimal education, as children went to work at very young ages. To help combat this issue, Wiggin began the Silver Street Free Kindergarten in San Francisco. Wiggin herself had had a variety of educational experiences, including home schooling, short terms at Gorham Female Seminary, Morison Academy and Abbot Academy where she graduated in 1873. 
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Wiggin started the Silver Street Free Kindergarten, and then developed a school for educational training in conjunction with it. To help raise money for the schools, she wrote several popular
books, The Story of Patsy, The Birds’ Christmas Carol and Rebecca of Sunnybrook, among others. She also wrote books on teaching, such as Kindergarten Principles and Practice. My Garden of Memory was published posthumously and offers a detailed look at her interesting and meaningful life.

This edition is dedicated to Dr. Karan Powell, Provost of the American Public University System and in her own way a pioneer in extending the boundaries of learning.

The Design of Life: Development from a Human Perspective

by Dr. Norman S. Rose PhD

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“The spiral is the pattern of all things in the universe that move and grow.”
With those words, Dr. John Waskom would take his audience through time and space, through cosmos and microcosm, through human anatomy, and finally through the stages of our lives. And it all fit together with an elegance that was both surprising and comforting. John Waskom could indeed sense and demonstrate the “magic of design” as it expressed through numbers, patterns of nature, and human proportions.

But then he turned to deeper matters. “Do you suppose…?” he would begin to ask, over and over. And now he would lead his audience through speculations on child-rearing and education: What would it mean to raise and educate children in a way that respected what was inherent in their natural design? What would it mean to give young people experiences rather than answering their questions? What would it mean to be parents and teachers who were more concerned with observing patterns than with following habit and tradition?


Norman Rose was in such an audience, and it inspired him to make natural human development his life work. This book is a culmination of that work, beginning with the ideas of his mentor and expanding them into a unified view of the entire human lifespan – and the parental, educational, and therapeutic approaches that could make natural development a reality.

Dr. Rose has taught at all levels, from early elementary grades through university teacher preparation programs. He is also a gardener, hiker, and music composer with several published albums.

Strategies for Online Education: New Paradigms: Internet Learning Journal: Vol. 4, No. 1

by Melissa Layne

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Internet Learning Journal (ILJ) is a biannual, open-access, doubleblind peer-reviewed academic publication sponsored by The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) and American Public University System (APUS). The aim of Internet Learning Journal (ILJ) is to provide a venuBookCoverImage-3e for the publication of quality academic research with an emphasis on representing innovation in online teaching, learning and scholarship.

Our title shows our focus and our ambition. Our subject matter is the revolution that online learning has brought to the academy. Since the University of Bologna was founded in 1088, instruction was done face to face with the technologies of speaking and writing. The digital revolution has now offered an alternative to the physical classroom. For the first time, we can look at classroom data, patterns of interaction and patterns of learning fixed in data points. The digital revolution threatens to change how students learn, teachers teach and the education institutions manage data. We hope to become a forum for the larger issues of data collection, assessment and online learning. We look forward to keeping the great conversation alive.

Manuscripts and inquiries may be submitted to Dr. Melissa Layne, Editor-in-Chief of Internet Learning Journal, mlayne@apus.edu

New Ideas for Online Learning: Keeping up with the Changes

Edited by Melissa Layne

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BookCoverImage-4Can a growing number of students in distance education reach such levels that conventional education is permanently changed? Does online education reflect the current economic crisis? Are faculty becoming less and less conventional, while adjunct ranks swell still further? Is “education by Skype” potentially more effective than time honored lectures in a classroom? What is working in online education? How will online education influence primary and secondary instruction, and what is its future in developing countries? What are some of the most effective tools and technologies? And what are the challenges? These and other issues are explored as online learning tools and techniques advance.

New Ideas for Online Learning: Keeping up with the Changes

Edited by Melissa Layne

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Can a growing number of students in distance education reach such levels that conventional education is permanently changed? Does online education reflect the current economic crisis? Are faculty becoming less and less conventional, while adjunct ranks swell still further? Is “education by Skype” potentially more effective than time honored lectures in a classroom? What is working in online education? How will online education influence primary and secondary instruction, and what is its future in developing countries? What are some of the most effective tools and technologies? And what are the challenges?

Harvard University Songs

by E. F. DuBois

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Eugene Floyd DuBois (1882-1959) studied medicine at Columbia after doing his undergraduate work at Harvard and graduating in 1903. At Harvard he was business editor of the Harvard Lampoon, the humor magazine, and rowed. He had a lifelong avocational interest in music but as professor of medicine at Cornell was the author of many important research papers and was medical director of the Russell Sage Institute, an active member of the National Academy of Sciences, and received some of the highest honors that American medicine could confer, including the BookCoverImage-3Kober and Banting Medals. He received the Navy Cross in World War I for dangerous undersea work and maintained a longtime connection with the Navy and in submarine medicine.

The collection he gathered as a young student preserves the enthusiasm of another era. Tom Lehrer later made fun of such Harvard songs with his lyrics for “Fight Fiercely, Harvard”:
Fight fiercely, Harvard,
Fight, fight, fight!
Demonstrate to them our skill.
Albeit they possess the might,
Nonetheless we have the will.
How we shall celebrate our victory,
We shall invite the whole team up for tea (how jolly!) Hurl that spheroid down the field, and
Fight, fight, fight!

Social Media Writing Lesson Plans for YouTube, Facebook, NaNoWriMo, CreateSpace: Bonus Intro to Blogger

by Dr. Erik Bean and Emily Waszak

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BookCoverImageYour students are already using social networks. Why not take their lessons to where they spend much time? Social Media Writing Lesson Plans published by Westphalia Press imprint of the Policy Studies Organization, Washington, D.C. is geared towards secondary and higher education English and composition teachers and features blended and 100 percent online lessons presented at several conferences including: Beatnik Poetry YouTube Writing Lesson and Youtube Controversial Issue Summary and Rebuttal, as well as others for Facebook, NaNoWriMo, Blogger, and CreateSpace. Observe several non-indexed hyper-linked classroom tested examples and adapt to your class accordingly. Book includes non-fiction, fiction, and online engagement rubrics aligned to Common Core Writing Standards. More info? Visit: http://www.socialmedialessonplans.comSocial Media Writing Lesson Plans for YouTube, Facebook, NaNoWriMo, CreateSpace: Bonus Intro to Blogger

Negro Poetry and Drama: Revisiting the Voices of Early African American Figures

by Sterling A. Brown, Preface by Whitney Sheperd

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Commissioned by the great Alain Locke and edited by Sterling A. Brown, Negro Poetry and Drama was an essential tool in the African American adult education movement during the early twentieth century. The fight for civil rights was accompanied by a move to educate African Americans who were forcibly ignorant to the histories and contributions of those before them. By showcasing the various works and biographies of black writers, poets, playwrights, and dramatists, Negro Poetry uncovers and celebrates voices of the past, offering unique stories which had previously been marginalized or otherwise ignored within the American canon. Complete with the original discussion questions at the end of each chapter, this edition of Negro Poetry gives us a glimpse of the steps African Americans took to re-educate and reclaim their narratives in the fight towards equality.

Whitney Shepard has a background in English and African American Studies, with an interest in critical race theory and social justice. She is currently the Director of Development and Programs at the Policy Studies Organization in Washington DC.

Rigorous Grading Using Microsoft Word AutoCorrect: Plus Google Docs

by Erik Bean Ed.D.

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This is the Word AutoCorrect booklet you’ve been wanting! It’s the 21st century and teaching and technology have combined for a better student and faculty experience. Whether you’re a full-time professor, adjunct instructor for a dozen schools or one, Rigorous Grading Using Microsoft Word AutoCorrect: Plus Google Docs contains all the steps necessary to auto include essay feedback, insert rubrics, pictures, audio and video! Plus instructions to back up your AutoCorrect comments to another computer. Yes you can increase rigor and grade faster!

INSIDE:
*APA Feedback & Grammar Samples
*Absorbing and Dispensing Pictures
*Inserting Sound & Video Comments
*MLA Feedback Samples
*Enable AutoCorrect in Word Prior to 2007
*Enable AutoCorrect in Word for MAC
*AutoCorrect Backup Utility Tips
*Enable AutoCorrect Action in Google Docs

Harvard Episodes

by Charles Macomb Flandrau

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When this book first appeared in 1897, the student newspaper the Harvard Crimson, was upset:

“With the exception of Haydock, all the characters are unmanly, snobbish, morbid or unhappy. That such characters exist in every college class is of course undeniable, but they are, after all, not typical of this University or, let us hope, of any other.

Harvard EpisodesIt is indeed admitted in the dedication that the book can lay no claim to being representative of Harvard, but this inconspicuous statement will be overlooked or soon forgotten by the average reader, and a distorted picture of life here will thus be circulated. If such a thing were possible, it would do no harm to confine the circulation of “Harvard Episodes” to Harvard undergraduates.

The book is, however, engrossing and exceedingly clever.
A distinct power of analysis and observation appears in every story, clear vision combining with fearless statement to produce conviction in the reader’s mind. We are indebted to the author for the best written book of fiction that has yet appeared on the subject of Harvard life, although narrow in its treatment.”

More than a century later, the characters may not seem unmanly, but the prose is still exceedingly clever.

Old Time Schools and School Books

by Clifton Johnson

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Primers and other early American schoolbooks were often lost due to years of use, neglect and Old Time Schools COVER FRONT ONLYeventually becoming outdated. Thankfully, Clifton Johnson, in Old Time Schools and School-Books, is able to draw from his vast collection of school books in order to offer readers a taste of the insides of these books, from the printed content to graffiti scribbled in the margins. Additionally, Johnson presents lively scenes of how schoolhouses operated in order to present a larger picture of the development of education, particularly as it unfolded in Massachusetts. Although nearly a century old, the book offers a thoughtful and engaging look at the early roots of education in the United States.

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Surviving Education’s Internet Revolution

Edited by Melissa Layne

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Melissa Layne, Ed.D., is the Director of Research Methodology and Editor-in- Chief for Internet Learning at American Public University System. Layne earned her doctoral degree in reading (digital literacies) from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas and also holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Layne’s research agenda includes topics on student retention, adaptive and personalized learning, multi-user virtual environments, self-paced instructional design and implementation, text analytics, informal learning, and quality assurance in online learning at the institutional, program and course levels. Her research has been recognized by several distance learning organizations including the National University Technology Network (NUTN), and the Distance Learning Administration (DLA) organization. Layne also serves on the advisory council for the New Media Consortium, which is responsible for the annual issue of The Horizon Report. Her work has been covered in peerreviewed journal publications, book chapters, presentations and invited keynotes.

Understanding Internet Policies and Complexities

Edited by Melissa Layne

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Melissa Layne, Ed.D., is the Director of Research Methodology and Editor-in- Chief for Internet Learning at American Public University System. Layne earned her doctoral degree in reading (digital literacies) from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas and also holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Layne’s research agenda includes topics on student retention, adaptive and personalized learning, multi-user virtual environments, self-paced instructional design and implementation, text analytics, informal learning, and quality assurance in online learning at the institutional, program and course levels. Her research has been recognized by several distance learning organizations including the National University Technology Network (NUTN), and the Distance Learning Administration (DLA) organization. Layne also serves on the advisory council for the New Media Consortium, which is responsible for the annual issue of The Horizon Report. Her work has been covered in peerreviewed journal publications, book chapters, presentations and invited keynotes.

Misunderstood Children

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by Elizabeth Harrison

Elizabeth Harrison (1849-1927) founded the National Louis University in Chicago, originally meeting in the Art Institute. She was a friend of Maria Montessori, with whom she spent time in Rome in 1912-13, Misubderstood Children cover FRONT ONLYand of Jane Addams, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and social reformer, and a co-founder of the National Parent Teachers Association (the PTA). National Louis University maintains an extensive archive of her books and papers.

A voluminous writer, she considered her books to be an essential way of reaching the public with her message of the importance of early childhood education. She was immensely energetic and had lively intellectual interests that ranged from cartoons, the philosophy of 
Schiller, the Star island poet Cecilia Thaxter, to Raphael and Shakespeare. She believed that children had a great deal to teach adults and this volume is perhaps the clearest affirmation of that philosophy.

Designing, Adapting, Strategizing in Online Education

 Designing, Adapting, Strategizing in Online Education COVER FRONT ONLYEdited and Introduced by Phil Ice

This volume emerged from the increasingly well known International Scientific Conference on eLearning and Software for Education, an event which wrestles with the development of technology for teaching and is indeed thoroughly international in the education leaders who participate. Adapting software to individual learners, social media in the classroom, game theory in teaching  and other cutting edge topics are debated.

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Gilded Play: Mary J. Jacques’s Pranks and Pastimes

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Edited and Introduced by Devin Proctor

During America’s late nineteenth-century, parlor games were a dominant leisure activity of the upper classesGilded Play COVER FRONT ONLY. The ‘Gilded Age,’ as Mark Twain termed it, was characterized by the separation between leisurely wealth and the harsh existence of the underclasses, cleft even wider with the increase of industrial production. This “Book of Games, Parlor Performances and Puzzles” is a reprint of an original 1888 edition that promised the wealthy hours upon hours of diversion from boredom with guessing games, pantomimes, word games, outlined charades, and so on. In its use of traditional European games mixed with American stereotypes, it is a unique look into the temperament of the times.

 

Outlining Magic Circles: Jessie Bancroft’s Games for the Playground, Home, School, and Gymnasium

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Games for the Playground, Home, School, and Gymnasium, first published in 1909, has been called “thOutlining Magic Circles COVER CONCEPT FRONT ONLYe most comprehensive and scholarly book on games.” It contains rules and variations of hundreds of games for schools, summer camps, parties, etc., as well as Jessie H. Bancroft’s insightful and lengthy introduction exploring the purposes, materials, uses, and even the ritual origins of games. This volume reprints the entirety of the 1912 edition and adds a new introductory essay examining the anthropological study of the relationship of ritual and gaming since the book was published.

Why Kindergarten Matters: Elizabeth Harrison’s A Study of Child Nature

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Elizabeth Harrison was one of the founders of kindergarten education in the United States and a crusader for higher teaching standards in the primary schools.  Her work contributed to the founding of National Louis University in Chicago and the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), and this volume sets forth her much admired philosophy of education.

 

The Essence of Harvard: Charles W. Eliot’s Harvard Memories

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Charles W. Eliot was the longest tenured Harvard president and one of the founders of the modern American university. He became an iconic figure in American life, called upon for opinions on virtually every subject under the sun. His “five foot shelf” of books that everyone should read became a staple in the American home, and when inscriptions were to be chiseled on the fronts of post offices and libraries, it was to Eliot that an appeal was made for apt words. A dedicated Unitarian whose son, Samuel Eliot, became president of the denomination, he had a pragmatic and common sense approach to life that left little room for moping and despair — although he had his share of grief and loss. He remains not only an important figure in education, but also an exemplar of values of persistence and optimism that are still part of American psyche.

 

 

The Idea of the Digital University

By Frank McClusky & Melanie Winter

It is widely believed that college is not what it used to be. Politicians are calling for a full-scale overhaul of higher education. The public is losing its confidence in higher education. It is argued that American higher education is in crisis. The authors, who together have spent more than 70 years in higher education, are optimistic about the future of the university with one caveat.  The university must come to grips with the way the digital revolution has changed the acquisition, storage and transmission of information. Can the university adapt to these changes and still remain true to its essential mission?  This book provides a blueprint of how to do both.

Comprehensive, insightful and visionary.

Read the review at Kirkus.

Also by Frank McClusky & Melanie Winter: 

“Cathedrals, Casinos, Colleges and Classrooms: Questions for the Architects of Digital Campuses” in the Higher Learning Research Communications Journal.