Bending the Twig: The Revolution in Education and Its Effect on Our Children

Bending the Twig: The Revolution in Education and Its Effect on Our Children

Bending the Twig: The Revolution in Education and Its Effect on Our Children

Bending the Twig: The Revolution in Education and Its Effect on Our Children

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Our public school system has been one of our most respected institutions for generations. Its integrity, efficiency and steadfast adherence to the task of imparting basic education and sound training in the development of worthy American citizens have caused it to be regarded as a great bulwark of our liberties. It was disturbing to learn, therefore, as I did in the spring of 1938, that some of its most important concepts and objectives had been uprooted. So deep-seated were these changes that they constituted a veritable revolution in the educative process. The results at hand were definitely alarming.

In a study of the history of our public schools, the author has been impressed by the masterful job they have done, be they large or small, in preparing pupils for useful and successful adult lives. I am equally convinced that our Republic cannot long survive the time when a majority of our youth reaches maturity without an adequate appreciation of its great American heritage. During the past eighteen years my interest in this subject has continued unabated. I have heard from thousands of citizens who have poured out their misgivings. Most of them have pleaded for help in arresting a condition in their schools which they knew to be wrong. In fact, these distressed but unorganized parents in all parts of our country are really the inspiration of this book.

Bending the Twig makes no pretense of being a treatise on . . .

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