Independent Schoolmaster

Independent Schoolmaster

Independent Schoolmaster

Independent Schoolmaster

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Aside from the ingrained propensity of all men to talk about themselves, the best excuse for this excursion into autobiography is that for more than forty years I was close to the center of things in the evolution of American secondary education. Because of my position at Phillips Academy and of my connection with the Headmasters Association, the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and the College Entrance Examination Board, as well as other educational groups, I was acquainted with what was going on and in many instances helped to make the decisions -- Pars Minima Fui. The period covered was one of startling change and changes, not merely in the everyday details of living but in basic philosophy. Not only the mores but even the fundamental concepts of adult men and women were altered, and it was inevitable that boys and girls should also modify their views and conduct. This development was due in part to the impact of two global wars, with consequent shifts in American political, economic, and cultural theory. But whatever the causes, the process of education at Andover in 1948 was very different from what it was when I went there in 1908. Indeed it may be asserted that the changes of the last half century in education as well as in scientific discovery have been more far-reaching than those of the preceding thousand years. And the movement is not yet finished!

If this is true, the comments, however casual, of one who . . .

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