By James McMurtry Longo
President Eisenhower, who used to be no longer continuously the simplest scholar, as soon as wrote, "One can't consistently learn a man's destiny within the list of his more youthful days." certainly, this overview of the school room studies of presidents and primary women from George and Martha Washington to Barack and Michelle Obama finds that few made version scholars. lecturers suggested that John F. Kennedy may perhaps "seldom find his possessions," chanced on George H.W. Bush "somewhat eccentric," and dubbed a sixth-grade invoice Clinton "a motormouth." as well as chronicling the college days of those old figures, this quantity additionally relates their educating stories, the academic concerns they addressed in the course of their White condo years, and intricacies of schooling at their time in background, delivering an informative assessment of yankee education over the years.
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Of the ﬁrst ﬁve presidents, four grew up in rural Virginia, but only one claimed to have a great teacher during his early school years. ” Madison was referring to Donald Robertson, a non-clergyman who taught Madison from the time he was eleven until he was ﬁfteen. Robertson’s name has largely been forgotten, but the thirst for knowledge he instilled in his pupil ignited Madison’s curiosity and inﬂamed his intelligence. The ﬁrst nine years of his life, Madison was homeschooled by his grandmother.
Within the year, both of his parents died, but his maternal uncle and guardian urged him to ﬁnish his education. He later wrote, “I had been examined ... and found well qualiﬁed ... ” After a terrible ﬁrst term, he used the two months of his winter break to study intensely, but it was a difﬁcult time for the grieving Monroe to concentrate on school. He found no professor who took an interest in him or his studies and felt alienated from the conservative faculty who were loyal supporters of the British crown.
It will be yours forever. Whether Jackson’s Indian removal policy was a response to the political realities of the time, or because he sincerely believed the only way of saving the Native Americans was to remove them from the path of the land-hungry settlers, the result was the same. Every American president since George Washington had urged that Native Americans become “civilized” by the federal government. ” But with the election of Andrew Jackson, the federal government’s time and patience in trying to “civilize” their Indian neighbors in their midst had run its course.
From Classroom to White House: The Presidents and First Ladies as Students and Teachers by James McMurtry Longo