The Paideia Proposal: Quality Education for All Children
The Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifesto lays out the fundamentals of a Paideia education, based on the principle that all children can learn.
Paideia philosophy by Mortimer Adler
Mortimer Adler published The Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifesto in 1982, on behalf of the members of the Paidea Group. The Paideia Group was an assemblage of 22 leaders in education and philosophy, affiliated with colleges and universities, public school systems, private high schools, and research institutions. These leaders united in their call, in The Paideia Proposal, to educate all American schoolchildren so that they can earn a good living, enjoy full lives, and contribute to a democratic society.
The Paideia Proposal was a signature accomplishment in Mortimer Adler’s highly distinguished career. Adler’s life spanned nearly a century, from 1902 to 2001. He was a professor at the University of Chicago, chief editor of Encyclopedia Brittanica, founder of the Great Books of the Western World program, and founder of the Institute for Philosophical Research.