Thursday, February 21, 2008

American & European Education.

"American education certainly left much to be desired. Nineteenth century observers often commented that although American education was more practical and more broadly disseminated than education in Europe, it lacked depth and richness. Throughout the nineteenth century, the United States did not have universities or library collections that were the equal of those in Europe, and American science and scholarship were less distinguished. America excelled in applying education to practical tasks......What distingushed American education in the half century after the Revolution was not the advance of the arts, sciences, and scholarship, but the diffusion of competence to ordinary people." -- Paul Starr, "America's First Information Revolution", The Creation Of The Media, Page 107.

Apparently education was very different in America and in Europe. Some had good qualitites and some had bad qualitites about them. This makes sense to me because they are two totally different countries where they have different environments, different ways of viewing the world, and they are all taught differently by their elders. American education had some good qualitities where it was being active all around the country. All the American people were learning so much information that helped them in everyday life. European education had a more intellectual greatness to it because they had superior schools and libraries than in America. This caused the European people to not just use this education for everyday life but to also learn more about other things, like literature with fictional characters. Even though Europe was a little ahead in the educational system, American education was still very noticed after the Revolution for a reason that Europe wasn't as noticed for and that was the spread of knowledge amongst the people so they could communicate better with one another. Education changed everything after the Revolution and in a real positive way.


At 4:06 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A very good post and selection of quotation.

Europe was the center of intellectual activity and advanced learning during the 19th century. We were still on the periphery of westen knowledge and culture, however, Starr's point is crucial: our support for public education for the common man meant a far greater diffusion of information. What we may have lacked in innovation we made up for in distribution. That had enormous consequences for future generations of American intellectuals and innovators. It was an important investment that created an increased demand and market for knowledge. Demand for knowledge stimulates media production.


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