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Highlander Folk
School
Introduction to Adult Education
Dr Crosby
Highlander Folk School:
Today
Mission Statement: A catalyst for
grassroots organizing and
movement building.
Highlander Research & Education
Center
New Market, TN
Conceptual beginnings Dutch Folk
Schools
Late 1700s-early 1800s
All people should have access to education
according to their needs and interests
N.F.S. Grundtvig
Schools of Life
1932 Founder of Highlander traveled to
Denmark idea to start one in US
Highlander Folk School:
Past
Myles Horton, Don West, Jim Dombrowski
1932 in Monteagle, TN
Labor unrest, segregation vs desegregation,
civil rights movement, anti-communism
strong
WW1 finished; WWII awakening
1961 Shut down by government
Reopened the next day in Knoxville, TN
Founder & Social Context
Incubator for Civil Rights
movement
People seeking for social justice,
equality, and fair labor practices
Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks,
Pete Seegar
Desegregated meetings
The Adult Learners
Social Justice
How to solve issues
Empowering for a better
democratic society
Needs and Issues
addressed
Race issues addressed
Environmental issues addressed
Labor issues addressed
Social issues addressed
Today impact continues
www.highlandercenter.org
Great Impact
Radical Philosophy of Adult Education
Experiential Learning
Adults bring a wealth of experiences to
the learning experience
Education for social change
Student centered learning
Learning Communities
Adult Education &
Learning
Pete Seegar (died January 27, 2014)
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvnsB_kVNYI
Summing up the Vision