- Hardcover: 242 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (July 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895263696
- ISBN-13: 978-0895263698
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Education for Our Time Hardcover – July 1, 1998
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Here's the plot: A highly successful businessman and entrepreneur, earlier a war hero, knowing he will soon die of cancer, decides to leave his fortune to found a college on a new model. The novel is epistolary, written as a series of letters from "John Adams" to "Robert" and the new institution's trustees. Adams lays out the framework for a five-year undergraduate program for a carefully chosen group of students that aims to develop them into "virtuous and disinterested leaders."
Years 1, 2, and 5 would be spent on campus. During year 3 the students sould spend a full term in language study abroad, and years 2 and 3 would also include internships during scheduled "interims" -- "in positions of the kind considered menial ... assistants in Emergency Admissions facilities in large hospitals; as teaching assistants in the most deprived of our schools; as attendants in nursing homes." Year 4 would be spent in the armed forces. The full experience would also include boxing, treks and marathons. Students would be guided by an honor code.
Along the way Adams/Bunting lays out a philosophy of leadership for a republic, virtue in a free society, the dignified rather than the rich retirement, the role of military service in developing citizens and leaders, the outdoor life, and history's role in an education for leadership. He examines the ideal campus, calendar and curriculum, and the recruitment of teachers and mentors. He walks the reader through his convictions about campus life.Read more ›
This book should be required reading of all high school seniors and certainly of all people of voting age. My hat is off to Gen. Bunting.
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Loved this book. As a teacher myself, I see Mr. Bunting's bright vision of an ideal school as a star to steer by.Published 4 months ago by Gregory S. Marton
If you care about the education of the next generation, you will be inspired by this novel. A most creative way to put forward a philosophy in education to correct the miserable... Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. New
A must read for ideas in creating your own home school curriculum of a classical education. I am writing down the suggested curriculum for myself and family.Published on September 10, 2011 by Marc
This books depicts the author's view of what an ideal college would look like and challenges readers to counter with their own vision. Read morePublished on September 28, 2008 by E. Payseur
I really liked this book. It made you think about what would be the best way to set up a school really interested in helping studends learn. Read morePublished on November 23, 2007 by Kimberly C. Lundgren
General Bunting sets forth his ideas for an education that will prepare our students to be "virtuous and disinterested citizens and leaders of the Republic. Read morePublished on May 31, 2004 by Ezra A. Adams
Bunting uses the incredibly wonderful "letters" of a billionaire and the "writer" to outline a wonderful vision of what education could be. Read morePublished on December 6, 2000 by Marc