Broudy, Harry Samuel

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BROUDY, HARRY SAMUEL (1905–1998), U.S. educator. Born in Filipowa, Poland, Broudy studied at Boston University and at Harvard, where he began teaching philosophy. Between 1937 and 1957 he was professor of philosophy and education at two Massachusetts colleges – North Adams and Framingham. In 1957 he became professor of education in the College of Education, University of Illinois, where he taught until his retirement in 1974. His best-known work, Building a Philosophy of Education (1954), reveals his concern with established tradition and his emphasis on the function of education for intellectual discipline, moral character, cultural conservatism, and national survival.

He and his wife, Dorothy, conducted seminars on interdisciplinary thinking and esthetic education in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Broudy served as editor of The Educational Form (1964–72) and was the general editor of the University of Illinois Press. He also served on the editorial boards of The Music Educators Journal, Educational Theory, and The Journal of Aesthetic Education. In 1984 he was honored by the state of Illinois for his efforts to create statutory requirements for arts education in schools. He served on the advisory board and was a senior faculty member of the Getty Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts.

Broudy's other books include Psychology for General Education (1957); Paradox and Promise (1961); Democracy and Excellence in American Secondary Education (1964); Exemplars of Teaching Method (1965), with J.R. Palmer; Philosophy of Education (1967); The Real World of the Public Schools (1972); Enlightened Cherishing: An Essay on Aesthetic Education (1972); and The Role of Imagery in Learning (1989).

[Ernest Schwarcz /

Ruth Beloff (2nd ed.)]