The Value of Education

Mark Clague

in The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520251311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933811 | DOI:
The Value of Education

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The availability of education for blacks supports Adams's argument of a beneficent Danish government. This chapter describes the system of public and private schools on the islands and gives a sense of the day-to-day lives of the islands' children. It shows that dedicated teachers, such as Mary Meyers, built a solid foundation of language and math skills while inspiring a love of knowledge. Adams was also a strong advocate of correspondence study by which islanders might expand their education beyond the limits of local expertise. This personal story of success in securing the skills and knowledge needed for a successful music career in an environment with few instructors and no music schools or curriculum propels his advocacy of self-study and hard work as a means of creating opportunity.

Keywords: education; islands' children; correspondence study; hard work; opportunity

Chapter.  6150 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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