Jacques Barzun
Jacques Martin Barzun is a French-born American historian
A historian is a person who studies and writes about the past and is regarded as an authority on it. Historians are concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to the human race; as well as the study of all history in time. If the individual is...

 of ideas
History of ideas
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 and culture
Cultural history
The term cultural history refers both to an academic discipline and to its subject matter.Cultural history, as a discipline, at least in its common definition since the 1970s, often combines the approaches of anthropology and history to look at popular cultural traditions and cultural...

. He has written on a wide range of topics, but is perhaps best known as a philosopher of education
Philosophy of education
Philosophy of education can refer to either the academic field of applied philosophy or to one of any educational philosophies that promote a specific type or vision of education, and/or which examine the definition, goals and meaning of education....

, his Teacher in America (1945) being a strong influence on post-WWII training of schoolteachers in the United States.
Barzun was born in Créteil
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, France to Henri-Martin and Anna-Rose Barzun. He spent his childhood in Paris and Grenoble
Grenoble is a city in southeastern France, at the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère. Located in the Rhône-Alpes region, Grenoble is the capital of the department of Isère...

. His father was a member of the Abbaye de Créteil
Abbaye de Créteil
The Abbaye de Créteil or Abbaye group was an utopian, artitstic and literary community founded in 1907...

 group of artists and writers and also worked in the French Ministry of Labor.

Among the words that can be all things to all men, the word "race" has a fair claim to being the most common, most ambiguous and most explosive. No one today would deny that it is one of the great catchwords about which ink and blood are spilled in reckless quantities. Yet no agreement seems to exist about what race means.

Race: A Study in Modern Superstition (1937)

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.

Teacher in America (1945)

A student under my care owes his first allegiance to himself and not to my specialty; and must not be burdened with my work as if he followed no other and had contracted no obligation under heaven but that of satisfying my requirements.

"A Loyalty Oath for Scholars," The American Scholar (Summer 1951)

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game — and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams.

God's Country and Mine (1954)

The greatest artists have never been men of taste. By never sophisticating their instincts they have never lost the awareness of the great simplicities, which they relish both from appetite and from the challenge these offer to skill in competition with popular art.

The Energies of Art: Studies of Authors Classic and Modern (1956)

The one thing that unifies men in a given age is not their individual philosophies but the dominant problem that these philosophies are designed to solve.

Classic, Romantic, Modern (1961), ch. I: "Romanticism — Dead or Alive?"