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George Washington Carver's Educational Theory

Nikia D. Whitaker

edited 4/30/30

1. Theory of Value: What knowledge and skills are worthwhile learning? What are the goals of education?

"When I was a mere tot, my very soul thirsted for education." (Portrait 2001) ... Know all there was to know about everything. (Portrait 2001) Train and equip young black men and women so they can be a vital part of the American workforce. (Portrait 2001) It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile on drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success. (Ideafinder 2000)

2. Theory of Knowledge: What is knowledge? How is it different from belief? What is a mistake? What is a lie?

George, although, not a slave to the Carvers, was supposed to attend the local church school when all slaves were free. Prejudice still prevailed, however, and he was forced to attend a school eight miles away. (Heros 2000)

3. Theory of Human Nature: What is a human being? How does it differ from other species? What are the limits of human potential?

Everything has a purpose, even if that purpose might change over time. (Ideafinder 2000) I found that when I talk to the little flower or the little peanut, they will give up their secrets. Anything will give up its secrets if you live it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people (Creative 2000) Though forced to ride on freight elevators and barred from many of the establishments his peers frequented, Carver refused to be bitter. (Almanac 1997)

4. Theory of Learning: What is learning? How are skills and knowledge acquired?

Knowledge is a gift from God. (Heros 2000) Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses. (Creative 2000) I want students to find Jesus ... How I long for each one to walk and talk with the Great Creator through the things he created. (Franklin 2000) My only book was an old Websters Elementary Spelling Book. I would seek the answer here without satisfaction. I almost knew the book by heart.(Portrait 2001)

5. Theory of Transmission: Who is to teach? By what methods? What will the curriculum be?

More and more as we come closer and closer in touch with nature and its teachings we are able to see the Divine and are therefore fitted to interpret correctly the various languages spoken by all forms of nature about us.(Creative 2000)

6. Theory of Society: What is society? What institutions are involved in the educational process?

Despite Carvers fame and achievements, racism was a constant reminder of the social ills that plagued his society. (Portrait 2000) His love and trust in Christ helped him conquer the negative effects of poverty and racial prejudice. (McMurray 1981) In the end he learned the well-deserved respect and admiration of his peers and the grateful acknowledgement of future generations. (Portriat 2000)

7. Theory of Opportunity: Who is to be educated? Who is to be schooled?

He believed that blacks should pursue their goals of equality through education and economic development rather tan through political agitation. (Voice 1997)

8. Theory of Consensus: Why do people disagree? How is consensus achieved? Whose opinion takes precedence?

God was a collaborator in his laboratories. He tried to promote interest of black and white people. His greatest desire was simply to improve the lives of poor people across the entire southern United States. (Voice 1997)


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