Research: John L. Childs

| July 15, 2011

Research: John L. Childs

John L. Childs (1889 – 1985) was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Childs attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in journalism. In 1915 Childs went to China as a YMCA missionary. In 1922 he returned to America where he began graduate work at the Theological Seminary. The graduate work included two courses taught by professor Kilpatrick at Teachers College. Childs returned to China after his graduate work, but Kilpatrick persuaded him to return to the United States to get his PhD. Childs moved to back to New York and enrolled at Teachers College. His dissertation was entitled, “Education and the Philosophy of Experimentalism. In 1932 Childs joined the faculty at Teachers College. He became an associate professor in 1935 and a full professor in 1938. Childs has numerous well known publications including Education and Morals. Childs firmly believed that education reconstruction has a strong link to social reconstruction. Dean William Russell was at times uncomfortable with the radical beliefs that Childs held.

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