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SELF-DEVELOPMENT + SELF ACCOUNTABILITY = SELF RELIANCE (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON PART TWELVE)
John Wooden Video Clip (100 sec.): Coach Wooden presents his ideas on "Make Each Day Your Masterpiece".
Booker T. Washington was an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to several presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, he was the dominant leader of American educational innovation and reform.
Dr. Washington believed to develop students to their fullest they should be accountable to pay for part of their educational expenses by working, so they could develop the skills needed to become self-reliant. This was done at the Hampton Institute which he graduated from in 1876. In 1878 he continued his education at an affluent school in Washington D.C. which had a different and, in Dr. Washington’s opinion, a far less productive approach.
Dr. Washington elaborated In his 1901 autobiography, Up From Slavery:
"At the institution I attended in Washington, D.C. I found the students, in most cases, had more money, were better dressed, wore the latest style of all manner of clothing, and in some cases were more brilliant mentally than the students at Hampton. At this institution I found that a large portion of the students by some means had their personal expenses paid for them. At Hampton, the student was constantly making the effort through the industries to help himself, and that very effort was of immense value in character-building. The students at the other school seemed to be less self-dependent (self-reliant). They seemed to give more attention to mere outward appearances. In a word, they did not appear to me to be beginning at the bottom, on a real, solid foundation, to the extent that they were at Hampton. They knew more about Latin and Greek when they left school, but they seemed to know less about life and its conditions as they would meet it at their homes. Having lived for a number of years in the midst of comfortable surroundings, they were not as much inclined as the Hampton students to go into the country districts of the South, where there was little of comfort, to take up work for our people, and they were more inclined to yield to the temptation to become hotel waiters and Pullman-car porters as their life-work."
Are you helping or hurting our youth to become self-reliant?
Yours in Coaching,
Along The Paths O' Glory
Along the paths o' glory there are faces new to-day,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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