TITLE

Editorial: On Behalf of Children

AUTHOR(S)
Jalongo, Mary Renck
PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
Early Childhood Education Journal;Apr2005, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p281
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the life of Cora Wilson Stewart, a literacy educator. In her writings, Cora Wilson Stewart said that her decision to champion the cause of adult literacy was based on three critical incidents that came to her attention as a teacher and superintendent. The first involved an elderly woman and illiterate who wanted to communicate with her daughter in Chicago. The Moonlight Schools were the brainchild of a Stewart. The original Moonlight School was staffed by teachers who volunteered to meet adult classes several times a week from 7 to 9 P.M. These teachers were also responsible for recruiting students in their districts. More than 1200 students enrolled in the first session confounding other educators who were skeptical of the plan. The adults who made an effort to attend were not disappointed. At the very first evening meeting, every person learned to write his or her own name, something that would enable them to vote without assistance. In nearly all of her adult working life, Cora Stewart was a free agent. She made her living being what one might call today a motivational speaker, modeling her speeches after the evangelical style she had experienced as a child in the rural south.
ACCESSION #
17312204

 

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