Woman came out of the war, and out of the home, out of her whalebone stays, her long skirts and cotton stockings. Out of this second war, out of the WAACs and the WAVEs she will spring full panoplied for what's to come.

We went into the present war stuttering m-m-millions. Already we are glibly bellowing Billions,--with a capital B. But the millions and the billions will be no longer in the hands of the present. Those billions are being destroyed; the potential billions are to come out of the sweat of those who survive to inherit what is left of the world. (16)

Our political, our educational system was seriously at fault, unadjusted to the times. We hope that the war will bring something better to us. We will lose our accumulated wealth. We will lose some of the best breeding material of our people. But if we can lose some bad habits, mental and physical, it may more than compensate.

War is always a shock. It breaks down the old set-up. It acts like the jar one gives to the old fashioned kaleidoscope. The old disappears and out of the chaos of change new patterns arrange themselves, perhaps more beautiful.


NOTES
(1)
"If the invention of gunpowder and printing in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries presaged the Reformation of the sixteenth, and if the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth was the forerunner of political revolutions throughout the Western World, we may well, after the mechanical and economic cataclysm of the nineteenth, cease wondering that twentieth-century society should be radical. . . . Twentieth-century society rests on a basis not different so much in degree, as in kind, from all that has gone before. Through applied science infinite forces have been domesticated, and the action of these infinite forces upon finite minds has been to create a tension, together with a social acceleration and concentration, not only unparalleled, but, apparently, without limit. Meanwhile our laws and institutions have remained, in substance, constant. I doubt if we have developed a single important administrative principle which would be novel to Napoleon, were he to live again, and I am quite sure that we have no legal principle younger than Justinian." ( Brooks Adams, "The Theory of Social Revolutions", Macmillan, 1913)
(2)
"When Shaw used the word 'immoral' he meant non-customary", remarks Hesketh Pearson in "Bernard Shaw" ( Collins, London, 1942). Shaw, testifying before the parliamentary committee on the suppression of "Mrs. Warren's Profession", said, "I would remind the committee that from one end of the Bible to the other the words 'moral' and 'immoral' are not used. They are not used in the plays of Shakespeare, and at the time that the 1843 Act was passed I believe that any

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  • By Porter Sargent 4
  • Title Page 5
  • Table of Contents 9
  • This Title 15
  • Notes 17
  • This Book 19
  • Notes 23
  • Power Increase 25
  • Notes 27
  • Technological Advance 29
  • Notes 33
  • Economic Consequences 37
  • Notes 45
  • Political Effects 49
  • Notes 51
  • Social Repercussions 53
  • Notes 60
  • Centralizing Tendencms 65
  • Notes 68
  • Unifying the Nation 71
  • Notes 75
  • Nationalizing Educational Control 79
  • Notes 85
  • War Predicted by the Wise 89
  • Notes 98
  • Confused Educators 105
  • Notes 112
  • Retreat to the Past 119
  • Notes 128
  • Adjustnmnt is Painful 135
  • Notes 141
  • Unity Versus Heresy 145
  • Notes 152
  • Our Educational Leadership 161
  • Notes 166
  • 'Reforming' Static Education 168
  • Notes 171
  • Maintaining the Social System 173
  • Notes 182
  • Hopes of Reconsiruction 189
  • Notes 197
  • The Wife of the State 207
  • Notes 213
  • Ideals Without Vision 219
  • Notes 224
  • We Teach What's Left 229
  • Nons 240
  • Piecemeal Additions 245
  • Notes 249
  • Sterile Scholarship 251
  • Notes 261
  • Worship of Facts 265
  • Notes 270
  • Seedbeds for Propaganda 272
  • Notes 276
  • Education for Frustration 279
  • Notes 285
  • Youth the Scapegoat 287
  • Notes 295
  • Morale and Education 298
  • Notes 302
  • Health and Morale 305
  • Notes 310
  • Vitamins Will Win 313
  • Notes 317
  • War and the Children 319
  • Notes 324
  • Manufacturing Criminals 327
  • Notes 333
  • Has Education Improved Our Intellect? 337
  • Notes 344
  • Failure of the Intellect in Wartime 351
  • Notes 359
  • Control--By Whom and for What? 361
  • Notes 369
  • How Universities Are Controlled 371
  • Notes 378
  • How Foundations Influence 387
  • Notes 402
  • How Governments Perpetuate Themselves 411
  • Notes 415
  • Guiding Public Opinion 419
  • Notes 424
  • Notes 437
  • Distorting History 443
  • Building Ideologies 447
  • Changing Directions 451
  • Getting Down to Earth 455
  • Yearning for Security 459
  • Going Head First 463
  • Turning Eyes Forward 467
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