Democracy's Challenge to Education

Democracy's Challenge to Education

Democracy's Challenge to Education

Democracy's Challenge to Education

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First of all, we hope that American teachers will find something quickening for themselves between the lines of this book--a sense of how much they matter in times like these. Their work has by no means been shunted off on a siding. They can count here and now in strengthening our own democracy at home.

And that holds for principals, superintendents, commissioners, deans, presidents, and the rest of the cast of characters in educational administration. That holds for teachers of teachers, for board members and trustees, for parents, for students, and for all of us who are alive to the fact that you can't buttress democracy by piling up bent twigs. Self-government springs only from the rootholds of individual life and growth under liberty.

Jane Addams put her finger on a living principle in evaluating "Education by the Current Event." We have applied that rule, turn about, to schooling itself. With Europe and Asia scotched by intolerance, aggression, war, we have made swift assessment of our educational system in the United States: where it thwarts, what it throws open to youth in a free land. Right here is the "challenge of democracy" to American education.

Except for the addition of the chapter, One State Looks at Its Schools," byEverett Sackett and published in the . . .

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