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Of Education: Milton And The Common Core State Standards, Alexander D. Macphail-Fausey Apr 2015

Of Education: Milton And The Common Core State Standards, Alexander D. Macphail-Fausey

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This essay compares John Milton's views of educational reform during the 17th Century in England to the Common Core State Standards currently being developed in the United States. The essay argues that the Common Core is a postmodern reinvention of Milton's education reform presented in his tract, "Of Education." It outlines the education Milton received, and how that compared to the pedagogy Milton developed and implemented in his own school. Then, Milton's pedagogy is compared to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, specifically focusing on the career and college preparation goals presented by the Common ...