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By Martin Bickman

The culture of energetic studying, a view of studying that's constructivist, innovative, and as deeply dedicated to pupil success as any standards-based scheme, has an extended and uncommon pedigree in American academic idea and perform, yet its price has been missed within the rush to accomplish excessive attempt rankings. Martin Bickman urges us to re-evaluate the choice imaginative and prescient of such seminal thinkers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, Margaret Fuller, John Dewey, and George Dennison as he weaves an incisive synthesis of yank literary innovation, philosophy, and college reform.

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Abrams delineates it: In this philosophical context the Christian history of the creation, fall, and redemption was translated to the realm of human consciousness as stages, or “moments,” in its evolving knowledge. In the initial act of self-conscious knowledge which separates the knower from the known consists both the creation of a world conceived as external to the knowing mind and also the fall of man from his primal innocence (equated with self-unity) into the knowledge of evil (equated with self-division and conflict).

As we turn first to Margaret Fuller, there is a jarring irony in Eliade’s first word, man, which parallels Emerson’s use of the “One Man,” since it unconsciously perpetuates oppositions by taking only one side of the malefemale duality as the whole. For the primary way Fuller experienced this sense of division was in terms of gender roles and associations. In a brief autobiographical fragment, Fuller depicts her parents—and the ways they became internalized within her own psyche—as both source and symbols for a set of warring dualisms.

A society of increasing gender differentiations (the cult of domesticity was growing rapidly at this time), combined with a particularly dichotomized family situation to both, cause and symbolize these splits. In her private journals, Fuller records her frustrating sense of self: “A man’s ambition with a woman’s heart is an evil lot” (1852, vol. 1, p. 229). And in a letter, she writes: “One should be either private or public. I love best to be a woman; but womanhood is at present too straightly bound to give me scope.

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