And Madly Teach: A Layman Looks at Public School Education

And Madly Teach: A Layman Looks at Public School Education

And Madly Teach: A Layman Looks at Public School Education

And Madly Teach: A Layman Looks at Public School Education

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American education is so defective in theory and practice as seriously to threaten the long continuance of the way of life to further which this nation was founded. We have become, largely because of what schooling has done to us, a people incompetent to function as free men, which is something else again than flattered and manipulated robots. What is the use of abundance if we are trained to use it with the intelligence of children who never grow up? Quite a few observers of the American scene have lately been speaking their minds concerning this. Even I have said my two-pennies' worth about it. We fault-finders vary in the way we put things but we agree in being mighty dissatisfied, alarmed.

Now comes Mr. Mortimer Smith, with a new and fresh treatment of the subject, to join this company of the disturbed and vocal--a goodly group, albeit not well thought of by the pedagogical elite. The academic hierarchy will not sing Mr. Smith's praises, nor will it bother to denounce him. Its members will . . .

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