DEMAGOGUES IN THE DARK
IT IS NOT sufficient that schools be financed adequately and that teachers be assured of decent retirement incomes; many a lie has been perpetuated in pretentious cathedrals of learning; many a full belly has accompanied a heart long tired with half-truths and expedient evasions. Education's purpose is to set men free, it is intended to help the individual lead a useful and happy existence. Its purpose is distorted and debased if it is otherwise. Our philosophy of citizenship assumes man's basic and inherent right to self-government; that man has the capacity, both mentally and morally, to exercise that right. We believe that our institutions are proof against attack, so long as our people are trained to examine facts, to recognize truth from falsehood by their examination of the facts, and reason clearly from the facts presented to them.
That is a very fine language. It expresses the belief held by every American, a belief that seldom prompts any specific action. So long as stones are cheaper, there will be those who offer