Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press, c2009.
238 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 220-235) and index.
Introduction: What is education for?
Hewers of wood and drawers of water : Mandeville and Smith
Polite and British education : Chesterfield and Sheridan
"Strangers to refinement" : British education and Sparta, 1740-1790
Women's time : Macaulay, Edgeworth, Wollstonecraft
What is education for? The question framed in the second half of the eighteenth century in England is still urgent. Posed in textbooks, histories, conduct books, economic treatises, novels, and other kinds of writing, it was asked about punishment, the classical curriculum, the low status of teachers, education of the poor, public school or private tutor, and the education of girls. "Uses of Education" shows the fundamental question to be about the potential and limits of Enlightenment thought as it seeks to be embodied in institutions. (source: Nielsen Book Data)