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John A. Rice (1888-1968) was born in Lynchburg, SC. An important figure in the mid-20th century concerning the liberal education, Rice was known as a voice against education that included lecture, memorization, and the importance of the literary canon. His progressive philosophy on education focused on student-based curriculum and a strong sense of classroom community. Rice founded Black Mountain College in hopes of testing innovative education ideas and democratic governing methods. He valued the importance of artistic experience in any type of outside interpretations.
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