Talk:Rand School of Social Science
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Rand School - New School Mystery
Dear Wikipedia editors for Rand School and New School:
The current (as of 2008.07.29) article on the Rand School states (with weak, unclear footnotes):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rand_School_of_Social_Science : The Rand School is not to be confused with the New School for Social Research, a separate and unaffiliated institution of higher learning also located in New York City.
The facts indicate (to me, at least) that the "New School" is in fact the "Rand School" rebranded. As the quotes below indicate, the same group of people (including Charles Beard, John Dewey, Thorstein Veblen) founded a post-high school-level school in the same location in New York City, both in the early 1900s.
Can you two please work together to establish the true history of the Rand School and New School relationship?
In response, a small band of unconventional thinkers—including historian Charles Beard, philosopher John Dewey, and economists Thorstein Veblen and James Harvey Robinson—imagined an educational venue where they could freely present and discuss their ideas without censure, and where dialogue could take place between intellectuals and the general public. In 1919, they published a brochure listing their lectures and opened The New School
Clearly, the author of or a contributor to Wikipedia's article on the New School has referred to this source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_School_for_Social_Research#Founding : "The New School for Social Research was founded by a group of university professors and intellectuals in 1919 as a modern, progressive free school where adult students could "seek an unbiased understanding of the existing order, its genesis, growth and present working." Founders included historian Charles Beard, economists Thorstein Veblen and James Harvey Robinson, and philosopher John Dewey, several of whom were former professors at Columbia University."
Meanwhile, the Rand School wiki article links to the following page:
http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/tam/history.htm : "The Tamiment Library was originally founded in 1906 as part of the Rand School for Social Science, a pioneering workers education school sponsored by the American Socialist Society. In 1917 the school moved to 7 East 15th Street near Union Square where it remained for almost fifty-five years...
"Teachers included Scott Nearing and Betrand Russell, who lost teaching positions because of their political beliefs. Charles and Mary Beard were also members of the faculty...
"After World War II when many returning soldiers began to take advantage of the G.I. Bill of Rights to finance their college educations, the Rand School fell on hard times as enrollments dropped dramatically. In 1956 Camp Tamiment, a socialist summer camp in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, purchased the Rand School and its library. It closed the school and attempted to integrate its educational and cultural programs into the Tamiment Institute. The Library was renamed the Ben Josephson Library.
"In 1963 New York University acquired the Library. In 1977, the Tamiment Institute, New York University, and the New York City Central Labor Council founded the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives in order to preserve the historical records of the New York City labor movement. With the support of Harry Van Arsdale, president of the Central Labor Council, the Wagner became the designated repository of the Central Labor Council's member unions and affiliated organizations."
Conspicuously absent on the "history" pages of both the New School and Rand School's Tamiment Library is any connection (or lack of connection) with the two schools.
It would appear that the Rand School (Tamiment at NYU) and the New School themselves are trying to disassociate: why?...
Rand School Court Case
The write up on the outcome of the case against Scott Nearing and the American Socialist Society is incorrect. The case was not thrown out, it went to trial with Nearing being found innocent and the Am. Soc. Soc. being found guilty and fined. I'll come back and fix this if I get a chance.
No bad faith is assumed or implied on the part of Carrite; but surely if statements are true, they can be sourced to something more reliable than Gannon's multi-volume "rogue's gallery" from Western Islands, the publishing imprint of the John Birch Society? --Orange Mike | Talk 16:45, 17 May 2011 (UTC)
- Point taken, I'll try and remember to get back here and source things out a little. As I recall this was one of my earlier "new" pieces at WP, before I was any good with footnoting. Gannon is actually not bad in terms of basic facts if one ignores the right wing commentary he tosses in about each factoid, which I have done. Carrite (talk) 20:09, 3 January 2012 (UTC)