War and Education

War and Education

War and Education

War and Education

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In the midst of war and the activities unexpectedly thrust upon educators unprepared and already in a state of confusion, this book attempts to appraise realistically what education is, has been, and might be. Relations, moreover, may be discovered between the world's present systems of education and its current systems of wars.

"War and Education" presents significant information not too generally accepted and suggests interpretations that are not current in our universities nor in the educational institutions that they dominate. This, --though Mill insisted a century ago that for the average man to attain complete mental maturity, enthusiastic consideration of the controversial, bold and free thinking on submerged subjects, is indispensable.(1)

But intellectual pabulum is not enough. We need also mental vitamins for those who suffer from intellectual malnutrition, not only to make them more aware, but to give them courage. Just as we need dandelions and tonics in the spring, we need something more than the usual newspaper diet, something to take us out of our usual line of thought, to make us a bit more daring in our intellectual adventuring.

Those who should be foremost in courageous thinking, those who have had all the so-called advantages of education, our college and university alumni, are with the rarest exceptions little enough interested in daring thought. For the most part they have been so conditioned that in the presence of unfamiliar ideas they are cautious.

Awakened minds, avid for intellectual stimulation are, however, to be found in every class of our society. There are in my files letters from men and women hungry for straight thought and talk. They come seeking encouragement and stimulus,--young and old, of every class, industrialists, corporation presidents, girls, mothers, working men, vagabonds, and even university presidents and professors.(2)

The citadel of human ignorance does not succumb to direct assault. The growing consciousness of man, his awareness to the world about him, is more readily accelerated by strategic infiltration from many directions and at unsuspected moments.

Most writers on war or education traditionally follow the medieval . . .

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