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At 12:16pm on April 18, 2011, Albie M. Davis said…

Dear Elise, 

I love the question you just asked.  I don't know who Liang Qichao is. Now, thanks to you & google, I am learning what I have missed.  By googling Dewey & Liang together, I find John Dewy in China by Jessica Ching-Sze Wang, & see the Dewey/Liang connection.

I already know "John Dewey once referred to Francis W. Parker as the "father of progressive education," and Dewey chose to send his own children to the school Parker started. Born in 1837, he was a country schoolmaster and a colonel in the Union Army before he began to read the works of Horace Mann; after traveling widely in Europe, Parker turned his thoughts to reshaping American schools. His efforts in the schools of Quincy, Massachusetts drew national attention; and in 1875 he began a Chicago school that was a model of progressive education and teacher training. 

Col. Parker headed the Quincy Public Schools, while Follett was a young girl;  no clarity on where she attended grammar school, but both Col. Parker & Mary's father, Charles Follett served in the Civil War (1861-1865.)  Col. Parker & Chas. Follett were both members of a Citizen Temperance Committee.  Any super sleuths out there?  I'm going to write my own question next.  Albie


Who Is Francis W. Parker?


At 12:25pm on April 18, 2011, Albie M. Davis said…

Pradhu Dutt Shastri.  Does anyone have background on this Senior Professor of Philosophy from Presidency College, Calcutta, India?  I have a 1928 book by him title The Essentials of Eastern Philosophy.  It contains two lectures he delivered durng a Conference On Philosophical Studies held in Toronto, Canada in 1922.  They are both delightful and made me immediately wonder, "Did Follett & Shastri know one another:  The first is titled, "The Spirit of Eastern Philosophy," and the second, "Eastern Systems of Philosophy."  


I would love to know more about this wise man.    Thanks, Albie Davis

At 8:36am on April 19, 2011, Albie M. Davis said…

Yes, Elise, I love history.  


Here is something you might know about.  

Since Liang Qichao spent time in Japan, might he have learned of Follett from Yoichi Ueno, considered the founder of Japanese "Scientific Management." (I knew nothing of him until a few minutes ago!)

See if you can click on or paste in the link below.  I've pasted in a little info from this site.

"This paper discusses the evolution of Japanese management thought between the years 1868 and 1945."     

Spearheading the efficiency boom during Taishō Japan was Yoichi Ueno, a psychologist by training, who in 1921 led the influential Sangyo Noritsu Kenkyujo, a research institute whose purpose was to promote Scientific Management theories and techniques throughout Japan. Ueno first became interested in the theories of Taylor and the motion study expert Frank Gilbreth.


As an aside, my grandfather, John J. Swan, was a time-motion consultant and lived next door to the Gilbreth's in Monclair NJ.  He wrote a book on management, which I have a copy of.  Maybe I'll find something in there.

Feel free to contact me at my email, which is easier for me.


My best, Albie

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