This Happened in Pasadena

This Happened in Pasadena

This Happened in Pasadena

This Happened in Pasadena

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We believe this to be a singular book--one that we feel not only privileged to publish but also obligated to publish, in the sense that certain kinds of books deserve to be undertaken as a form of public service.

We deliberately use that sometimes misused phrase because we believe that a book dealing with public education performs in a very real way a service to the public. For education, like freedom, is everybody's job.

The kind of education our children are getting now will to a large extent determine the kind of citizens they will become. This has always been a truism; but today, with an estimated increase over normal years of more than a million children about to enter school in the near future--making the largest elementary school enrollment in the history of the country--it is a more important consideration than ever.

The fact that not enough widespread interest and attention has been given to the matter of public education tends even more cogency to the publication of a book that poses specific and pertinent questions, problems, and issues regarding the status of our school systems.

Every teacher, every school administrator, every parent, taxpayer, and voter has a vital stake in the future of public education in the United States. The management of a school system is the immediate responsibility of local Boards of Education the . . .

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