The Unique Function of Education in American Democracy

The Unique Function of Education in American Democracy

The Unique Function of Education in American Democracy

The Unique Function of Education in American Democracy

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The mariner blown out of his course by adverse winds and sailing long under clouded heavens among dangerous reefs seizes the first opportunity to get his bearings and chart his way by fixed marks of sky or land. Likewise in the management of human affairs, although the analogy is not exact, it is often necessary for leaders of State, the professions, and callings, amid great disturbances, to take their reckonings--to recur to first principles. This applies to education as well as to other branches of national interest and activity. None is independent of the others. None occupies a position of impregnable security which permits it to escape the strains in domestic or foreign affairs.

The World War Profoundly Disturbed
the Social Order of 1914.

Concerning the gravity of the disturbances that now call for reckonings there can be no doubt. Since the outbreak of the World War in 1914, American society has faced disconcerting issues of life at home and abroad, has experienced storms of passion, and encountered the vicissitudes of a profound economic dislocation. The human . . .

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