Swiss Schools and Ours: Why Theirs Are Better

Swiss Schools and Ours: Why Theirs Are Better

Swiss Schools and Ours: Why Theirs Are Better

Swiss Schools and Ours: Why Theirs Are Better

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In anticipating the present world struggle between Western civilization and totalitarian Communism, Lenin once remarked that "the soundest strategy in war is to postpone operations until the moral disintegration of the enemy renders the mortal blow both possible and easy." Many thoughtful observers of the American scene believe that the seed of moral disintegration is present in our system of public education, and that unless the recent trend of that system toward mediocrity can be checked we will be seriously, perhaps mortally, incapacitated in our individual and national ability to defend the values of the Western world against strong ideological competition. In alerting the American people to the deficiencies of our school system no one in recent years has performed a greater service than the author of this book. On many occasions, in speeches and writing (and long before Sputnik, too), Admiral Hyman G. Rickover has examined those deficiencies and pointed out ways in which we may reform our schools in the interests of producing liberally educated citizens who in the aggregate will be able to cope with the most serious challenge ever to face this country.

In the present book, which the Council for Basic Education is . . .

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