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Philosophical Documents in Education
Jane Roland Martin
Tricia Speirs
Touro College

Abstract
This paper discusses Jane Roland Martin’s work in analyzing conversations about education and the lack of discussing women in education. The author introduces Martin and briefly highlights some key points from her book. In her book Reclaiming a Conversation: The Ideal of the Educated Woman, Martin writes about why she thinks there is a lack of discussing women in historical conversations about education. Furthermore, she then discusses what education is and why conversation about it is important.

The influence of men in the history of education and Western thought is undoubtedly evident. When discussing the history of educational thought, it is always directly correlated to the education of men. With a lack of information regarding the education of women, Jane Roland Martin decided to delve into this issue in her book Reclaiming a Conversation: The Ideal of the Educated Woman. In her book, Martin comes to the conclusion that by just evaluating the education of men we cannot simply draw an accurate portrayal of educating women. Furthermore, Martin challenges us to look beyond just the education of men and women individually to thoroughly understand what the word education truly means. (Johnson & Reed, 1996) The author introduces Jane Roland Martin as a woman who challenges the fact that the education of women is talked so little of. The education of women and their influence in society over time is known but never highlighted. (Johnson & Reed, 1996) The author then introduces the idea that this topic of the education of women has not been considered important by others because the education of men is the same as women and for that reason it does need to be discussed. (Johnson & Reed, 1996) In Reclaiming a Conversation, Martin introduces a feminist named Adrienne Rich. Martin highlights some of Rich’s important arguments regarding women and education....
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