How Did the Folk Educate Children for Social Change After WWII?

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Event date: 
7 September 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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 ‘Education for Social Change’ has been the purpose of the Folk since its inception nearly a century ago. Yet how it envisaged achieving that purpose has changed over time. Whilst many of the practical activities – notably camping and international exchanges – have remained the same, how they are envisaged and carried out have been modified not only to respond to changing times, but also to achieve changed educational priorities.

Rich Palser recently self-published a book which looked at the Folk’s approach to ‘Education for Social Change’ in the inter-war years, and argues that a major change took place in its educational goals and methods during these years. ‘I only became aware of how eugenics had influenced the early Folk at the turn of this century, despite growing up in the Folk from my birth in 1952. I can remember Folk leaders when I was a teenager who had led the Folk in the inter-war years – people like Basil Rawson and Teddy Hawkes – and who had joined in the 1930s like Margaret White. At the age of 16 I was helping my brother run a Pioneer group, and using Rawson’s Woodcraft Way as a text book for doing so – and I had a very different understanding of how the Folk sought to bring about social change than that which I discovered in the Folk archives when researching my book’.

This event offers an opportunity for older Folk members to share their memories on how they understood the Folk’s educational role in the post-war years. It will also provide an opportunity to ask questions or comment on Rich’s interpretation of the changes in the Folk’s approach prior to the war.

For Venturers, DFs, adults (13+).

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