Midland Authors presents

Training Hands as Well as Educating Heads

Revisiting Industrial Education:
Lessons from Three Distinctive Progressive Era Schools

Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 2021; 7:00-8:15 pm

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Before there were vocational-education programs, there was manual training and industrial education, which emphasized the practical instruction of the hand and eye. Manual training improved perception, observation, dexterity and visual accuracy. It combined practical with academic education.

Goddard’s forthcoming book, Revisiting Industrial Education: Lessons from Three Distinctive Progressive Era Schools, examines influential schools in North Dakota, New Jersey and Chicago. Chicago’s innovative Manual Training School (CMTS), was created in 1884 and influenced dozens of similar schools before being incorporated into John Dewey’s department of education at the University of Chicago in 1901; once there, it lost its distinctive identity. Why Dewey ignored CMTS – as well as complementary ideas from Frank Lloyd Wright and W.E.B. Du Bois – are among the fascinating questions Goddard asks in her “rich contextualization of educational activities around the turn of the century,” as an early reviewer said of her book.

Goddard will also discuss:

  • Getting published
  • Writing during Covid
  • Lessons from writers who guided her research

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For more information, contact event chair Greg Borzo at (312) 636-8968 or gborzo@comcast.net