Education and Organized Interests in America

Education and Organized Interests in America

Education and Organized Interests in America

Education and Organized Interests in America

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While the writer of this book has had first in mind those readers who belong to the educational profession, there is an additional cloud of witnesses of which he has been steadily aware. Parents, taxpayers, "patriots," religious bodies, politicians, and indeed active citizens throughout the whole American public are vitally concerned with what is here set forth, for the book represents an effort to get at the underlying meanings of certain crucial points in the public relations of schools. It assesses particularly those events where varied and conflicting organized interests seek to influence the education of the young and to shape the control of the schools, each interest to its own liking. It deals with the questions: What conditions in modern American society do these many contesting groups reveal? Who compose these groups? What actually do they want? How do they operate to get what they want? These are indeed problems for educators, but they are equally and at the same time problems for the whole American public.

The data represented in most of the chapters were gathered while the writer was studying the public relations of the schools under the auspices of the Commission on the Social Studies of the American Historical Association. The data have in this book been adapted, added to, and developed into some aspects of a philosophy of public education. Appreciation is due the Commission for the opportunity thus afforded the undertaking. The writer, however, assumes full responsibility for the book.

Indebtedness to others is obvious in every chapter of the book. The study would not have been possible without the coöperation and courtesy of officials in the many organizations involved. The writer hopes that these persons may sense no violation of their confidence and good-will in the manner in which their interests are here represented.

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