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Subject: Re: [Q-R] Re: Education
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 16:58:16 +0000
Yes, it is. But it is a high school, not a college.
Thanks to those who corrected me about the earlier-than-Swarthmore founding of Haverford and Earlham. (How could I forget about Earlham? Great-great-great granddaddy Thomas Evans [1791-1852] was on the founding committee.) I might quibble about the founding dates. Earlham, I believe, was founded as roughly the equivalent of a high school and later transitioned to a college.
Either way, the fact remains that the Puritans founded their schools in the early colonial period and the Quakers not until much, much later. The reason is precisely because they did not value education as an end in itself. For those who care to go there, I think that the assumptions of those 17th and 18th century people deserve study in an era in which colleges send out college bibs to their alums' newborns to begin building that college spirit.
> Penn Charter School in Philadelphia is the oldest Quaker school in the
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