File: "Paideia Conference, 1981; Quadrant Conference, 1981"

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 COX4/6
  • Dates of Creation
      2 Dec 1980-Oct 1981 and 5 Jul 1972
  • Physical Description
      35 pieces; 108 leaves.

Scope and Content

File containing correspondence and papers relating to two conferences in which Cox took part in 1981, which illustrate how his educational campaigns in Britain were linked to international developments in education. The majority of the papers relate to the Paideia Conference, which took place in Aspen, Colorado, USA, during the last week in August. It marked the conclusion of Project Paideia, which was undertaken by the Institute for Philosophical Research in order to produce a plan for the reform of American schooling. Cox was invited to join the final conference to contribute to the making and presentation of their final report. The file includes: correspondence with Mortimer J. Adler of the Institute for Philosophical Research, Chicago; a small amount of correspondence with Jacques Barzun; conference papers; and copies of draft sections of the Paideia Report.

A much smaller quantity of papers relate to an international seminar on education held in Canberra, Australia, on 15-16 August 1981, on the theme of 'How the Tide has Turned', followed by a dinner in Sydney to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the magazine Quadrant. Cox gave a talk on 'Progressive Collapse: the Counter Revolution in English Education 1969-1981'. The file contains one further piece: a letter to Cox from M. Blouke Carus of Open Court Publishing Company, Illinois, USA, dating from 5 July 1972 and relating to 'Open Court' methods of education.