John Erskine, Ph. D. (October 5, 1879 - June 2, 1951) was a U.S. educator and author, born in New York City. He graduated from Columbia (A.M., 1901; Ph. D., 1903). October 5 is the 278th day of the year (279th in Leap years). ... 1879 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 2 June is the 153rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (154th in leap years), with 212 days remaining. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... ...-1...
Professor Erskine was employed at Columbia and Amherst. He instituted Columbia's Great Books program ("Contemporary Civilization"). He was the author of numerous publications, including: Amherst College is an independent liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. It is the third oldest college in Massachusetts. ... Great Books refers to a curriculum and a book list that came about as the result of a discussion among American academics and educators, starting in the 1920s and 1930s and begun by Prof. ...
The Elizabethan Lyric (1903)
Selections from the Faerie Queene (1905)
Actœon and Other Poems (1907)
Leading American novelists (1910)
Written English, with Helen Erskine (1910; revised edition, 1913)
Selections from the Idylls of the King (1912)
The Kinds of Poetry (1913)
Poems of Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, with W. P. Trent (1914)
The Moral Obligation of the Intelligent, and Other Poems (1915)
The Shadowed Hour (1917)
Democracy and Ideals (1920)
The Little Disciple (1923)
"Private Life of Helen of Troy" (1925)
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Education has for its object to develop the child into a man of well proportioned and harmonious nature--this is alike the aim of parent and teacher.
Education is the instruction of the intellect in the laws of Nature, under which name I include not merely things and their forces, but men and their ways; and the fashioning of the affections and of the will into an earnest and loving desire to move in harmony with those laws.
Education is to mould the human being for ongoing change and even for the eventual crisis which might arise as a result of the transition.
Erskine emerged as one of Woodberry's most brilliant pupils, and when he returned to Columbia after World War I, Erskine applied his teacher's ideas in the General Honors course.
Erskine went to Europe to help educate American soldiers, the College geared up for war, and the great books course was put on hold.
Second, that if educated men are those who possess an inner life of sufficient richness to withstand the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, they must have learned to feed their souls upon good books, pictures, and music.
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