by Benjamin Franklin
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Excerpt from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
- Benjamin Franklin
In this excerpt from his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin discusses his efforts to better himself by developing different virtues.Pair “Excerpt from the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin” with “Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania” and ask students to discuss how Franklin’s own moral values influenced his proposals for the academy. Compare what Franklin values in an individual’s character to what he values in education. Does Franklin appear to believe moral virtue can be taught? Why or why not?
Allegory of the Cave
- 380 B.C.
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a piece of philosophy explaining the importance of knowledge in society and for the human soul.Pair “Allegory of the Cave” with “Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania” and ask students to discuss how both texts explore the importance of education. How do the subjects that Franklin wants to offer at the academy help widen students’ perspectives and understanding of the world? How does “Allegory of the Cave” explore ways in which students could be disadvantaged if they don’t receive an education?
- Cristian Violatti
In “Greek Philosophy,” this informational text recounts the development of ancient Greek philosophy, including its notable schools and philosophers, and the impact it has had on Western history and culture.Pair “Greek Philosophy” with “Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania” and ask students to discuss how the Greeks’ views on education compared to Benjamin Franklin’s. Why do students think Franklin believed it was important for students to learn about Greek history? What aspects of Greek education do students think influenced Franklin?
On the Education of Youth in America
- Noah Webster
In the essay “On the Education of Youth in America,” Noah Webster discusses the benefits of educating young Americans for the nation overall.Pair “On the Education of Youth in American” with “Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania” and ask students to compare the two authors’ views on education. What value do they see in educating young people? What subjects do they think are important to learn and why?