Secondary Education for Youth in Modern America

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VII
BASIC THESES AND PROPOSALS

A. BASIC PREMISES AND DEFINITIONS
I. An evolutional democracy is to continue to be the philosophy and form of government of the American people.
II. The success of democratic processes is conditioned primarily by the sound information, cooperative habits, and democratic ideals and attitudes of all the members of society.
III. The trends of social changes in many fields emphasize the increasingly complex interdependence of individuals and institutions and the consequently greater need for education, particularly of a social nature.
IV. Scientific, technological, and commercial advances have within recent decades made it possible to free from other productive enterprises for the purposes of education a markedly increased proportion of youth and teachers.
V. Secondary education is to be thought of as that stage of formal education extending from the study of the basic tools of learning, involving the first five or six years of schooling, to the period of specialization at university or college in professional or subject-matter fields.
VI. Increases in secondary school enrollments have significantly expanded the range of capacities, interests, and needs of pupils in the schools, and universal secondary education will further increase the heterogeneity of the pupil body.

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