Crisis in Education: A Challenge to American Complacency

Crisis in Education: A Challenge to American Complacency

Crisis in Education: A Challenge to American Complacency

Crisis in Education: A Challenge to American Complacency

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BERNARD IDDINGS BELL

Crisis in Education, selections

IS AMERICAN EDUCATION GOOD?

IS THE United States today a nation composed chiefly of people who have not grown up, who think and act for the most part--and in a democracy the most part is the determining part--with the immaturity and emotional impulsiveness of adolescents? Many shrewd observers of the American scene, both abroad and here at home, are saying that this is indeed the case and that it is our educational system, defective in its understanding of man, which is largely responsible for our dangerous juvenility. I venture to add my voice to theirs.

An increasing number of observers, some of them specialists in education and others just generally intelligent, have reluctantly become convinced that what is now being done in the schools and colleges, assisted by the churches and homes, far from being a corrective of the current immaturity, is one of the chief causes of it, and a potent source of social instability and human unhappiness. To say this is not to deny, not to disparage the magnificent . . .

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