Franklin/Betty Parker Christmas 2012

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Franklin  & Betty J. Parker             63 Heritage Loop, Crossville, TN 38571.                                                 Phone: 931-277-3268.


     Our nicest Christmas 2012 surprise was to find for the first time Betty J. Parker’s bio-sketch in Alabama Authors:


     As of early Dec. 2012 the momentous Obama/Republican Congress fiscal-cutting battle rages.  If successful and if it saves our financial future, Christmas 2012 will be among such U.S.A. liberal high points as: Lincoln’s 13th Amendment erasing our slavery sin, Teddy Roosevelt’s first backing of USA income tax, women’s voting act (1920), FDR-Frances Perkins Social Security Act (1935), and the Civil Rights Act (1964).  See:  Timothy Egan:


     Frank’s unforgettable 2012 moment came Oct. 5 when he was inducted into West Va. Univ.’s College of Human Resources & Education’s (WVU-HRE) Hall of Fame, Morgantown, where he taught 18 years, 1968-86, before retiring at age 65.


     The presenter said  (in brief):  Parker  taught at WVU-HRE and several other universities for 44 years, wrote or edited more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and book reviews, and held office in national organizations including president of the History of Education Society.  He studied cultures and schools on three continents and was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in Southern Africa.


     He has degrees from Berea College, Berea, KY; University of Illinois, and Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.  Berea and Peabody of Vanderbilt gave him Distinguished Alumnus awards.  One colleague said of Parker that his professional life and human concerns exemplify values every university holds dear. End, presenter’s remarks.


     Frank’s response of thanks, summarized below, brought thunderous applause:


     “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this day’s honor.  You have made this day a most memorable one….  Last year (2011) when my 84-year-old former WVU-HRE Dean was asked to suggest possible Hall of Fame nominees, he named me.  His death soon  after added sorrow to my surprise and feeling of humility.


     “Compiling my requested life’s work was a somber reminder of things which I could have done better and people who helped along the way I should have thanked more.


     “Puzzling over life’s strange turning points reminded me of Robert Frost’s: ‘Two roads diverged in a wood.   I took the one less traveled by and that made all the difference.'”


     After thanking his wife of 62 years, Betty Parker, as “co-researcher, co-author, co-everything,” Parker said that in teaching History and Philosophy of Education he stressed its heroes: Socrates, Plato, Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Dewey, others, including Horace Mann (1796-1859), 19th century Massachusetts public school system creator, model for all other state public school systems.  He said that he always quoted Horace Mann’s ringing challenge to students and teachers:  “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humankind.”


     “The best teachers,” Parker added, “uplift young lives, correct mistakes, help build a better future, student by student, class by class, generation by generation.”  WVU-HRE, he said, “would long remain a place of magic, of knowledge, encouragement, inspiration; a place to dream and try, to hope and aspire.”  “Here,” he said, “those preparing to teach learn skills that inform, lead, heal, lift lives, improve people, help create a better future, and enrich our country and the world…” 


     We Parkers thank you for your friendship and shared concerns.  Safe and Healthy Christmas for ALL.   For Parker articles access:


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