Highlander Research and Education Center


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Highlander Research and Education Center,

New Market, Tenn.; founded as the Highlander Folk School in 1932 in Monteagle, Tenn., by Myles Horton (1905–90), who was influenced Denmark's folk high schoolsfolk high school,
type of adult education that in its most widely known form originated in Denmark in the middle of the 19th cent. The idea as originally conceived by Bishop Nikolai Grundtvig was to stimulate the intellectual life of young adults (generally from 18 to 25 years
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. At first the school focused on training union organizers, but in the 1950s Highlander became a center of the civil-rightscivil rights,
rights that a nation's inhabitants enjoy by law. The term is broader than "political rights," which refer only to rights devolving from the franchise and are held usually only by a citizen, and unlike "natural rights," civil rights have a legal as well as a
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 movement. The state of Tennessee revoked the school's charter in 1961 and seized its facilites, but Horton reopened under the current name and relocated, first to Knoxville and then to New Market. In the 1980s the school shifted to balancing environmental concerns with the struggle for economic recovery in the South while maintaining its traditional focus on equality and social justice.
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While he was the director of the Highlander Research and Education Center, John Gaventa (1991) noted "the role Highlander's Citizenship Schools played in the fifties, helping to build the consciousness and local leadership that later became building blocks of the civil rights movement" (141).
El modelo pedagogico de la Highlander Folk School (actualmente Highlander Research and Education Center), se basaba en el aprendizaje circular donde los facilitadores partiendo de la experiencia vivida de los participantes les animaban a crear conocimientos compartidos conectando esas experiencias y el ambito local con temas mas amplios, asi como en un analisis de las desigualdades estructurales, en un ambiente de confianza, cuidado y respeto muto.
Horton and his associates had already drawn up a charter for a new school, the Highlander Research and Education Center, to be temporarily based in Knoxville, Tenn.
CAAELI draws on the example of the New Market, Tenn.-based Highlander Research and Education Center, an institution founded in 1932 to provide education and support to people fighting economic injustice, poverty, prejudice, and environmental destruction.
It is interesting in this regard that the most well-known practitioners of this model, such as the Highlander Research and Education Center (2002), the Applied Research Center (2002), and Project South (2002), are all organizations outside of academia (Hall, 1993).
They also fight to clean up the world through their work at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, which has trained poor people in social activism since the 1920s.
Myles Horton papers, Record Group 2, Series I, Box 2, Folder 29, Highlander Research and Education Center archives (HREC).
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