John Bremer

John Bremer

John Bremer is an internationally-known educator and Socratic philosopher who has been professionally involved with education and teaching for more than half a century. Now in his elder years, he recently retired as a senior scholar teaching at Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he was Professor of Humanities and Director of the College's Humanities and Freedom Institute. Professor Bremer founded Cambridge College in 1971 when it was then known as the "Institute of Open Education" at Newton College of the Sacred Heart. He now lives full time in Vermont where he continues his research and writing.

John Bremer was born in England, living in London during The Blitz, and served in the Royal Air Force during WW-II building airfields in England. He holds advanced degrees from the Pembroke College, Cambridge, England, the University of Leicester and St. John's College, U.S.. Professor Bremer came to the USA in 1951 on a Fulbright Fellowship.

In the 1960s Professor Bremer gained international recognition for creating the Parkway Program, in Philadelphia, the first School Without Walls as documented in a book by the same name. The school was featured in Time Magazine in its March 23, 1970 edition. [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,943213,00.html]

He was Killam Senior Fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax and later Commissioner of Education for British Columbia, Canada in 1973.

In 1975, when a professor of Education at Western Washington University he founded the Institute of Socratic Study where Professor Bremer was its director until he moved to Australia in 1980 to found the Education Supplement for The Australian newspaper.

Books include:

The School Without Walls: Philadelphia's Parkway Program, [http://www.amazon.com/School-Without-Philadelphias-Parkway-Program/dp/0030852870/ ] by John Bremer and Michael von Moschzisker, Holt, New York 1971 ISBN 0-03-085317-6 (trade)
Open Education - A Beginning, [http://www.amazon.com/Open-Education-Anne-Bremer/dp/B000TXV9LW/ ] by John Bremer and Anne Bremer, Holt, New York, 1972 ISBN 0-03-091921-5 (Trade)
On Educational Change, National Association of Elementary School Principals, Arlington 1973 Library of Congress No. 73-86255
A Matrix for Modern Education, McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1975 ISBN 0-7710-1643-3
On Plato's Polity, Institute of Philosophy, Houston USA and Kalamunda WA, Australia, 1984 ISBN 0-930583-00-0
Plato and the Founding of the Academy, [http://www.amazon.com/Plato-Founding-Academy-Letter-discovered/dp/0761824359/ ] University Press of America, 2002 ISBN 978-0761824350
Plato's Ion: Philosophy as Performance, [http://www.amazon.com/Platos-Ion-Philosophy-as-Performance/dp/1930566514] Bibal Press, Texas USA, January 2005, ISBN 978-1930566514

Notes and references

External links

* [http://jbremer.blogspot.com/ John Bremer Blog]
* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,943213,00.html/ 3-23-1970 Time Magazine story on Parkway Program]
* [http://www.cambridgecollege.edu/ Cambridge College website]
* [http://eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED075534&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED075534/ Eric (US government web site) on Parkway Program]
* [http://www.educationrevolution.org/halloffame.html#bremer/ John Bremer listed in the Education Revolution "Hall of Fame"]


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