WAR PREDICTED BY THE WISE

There were many who foretold this second World War. Some saw in it a continuance of the first. Brought to a pause at Versailles, the process of readjustment to world changes was now to be continued. Our educators, with rare exceptions, understood very little of this, and yet it was they who were supposed to be preparing the new generation for the future. That's what they were hired for.

After we had fought the war and lost the peace, in the early twenties we resolved "Never again". But absorbed in our own affairs, we were oblivious to the dangers of creating lasting resentments among the frustrated peoples who were longing for an opportunity for aggression and revenge. And so we drifted into resumption of the war, the second episode of this great revolution.

To the intelligent observer with a modicum of knowledge of the world, it should have been apparent that the statesmen who were handling international affairs were often incompetent. It was inevitable that they should eventually come to the end of their diplomatic rope when they would have to call on the military to cut the knots they had tangled.

But to our educators, absorbed in their task of educating the young for what was to come, the war came as a surprise. They had even on the eve drunk their fill of the Lethean waters of platitudinous idealism. Restricted in outlook, parochial in vision, many in the academic chairs of learning still believed that the assassination of the Archduke of Austria at Sarajevo was the 'cause' of the last war.

Their pupils and alumni, fed on dead and useless scraps, had been conditioned to a distaste for serious reading, for forward-reaching thought, and lacked capacity to interpret the signs that were so ominously significant to the few. Absorbed in 'pass-times' as a reaction from the 'intellectual life', their enthusiasms were for golf scores and batting averages. The college cheer leader still could stir these feeble souls who worshipped the great American goddess Alma Mater and the great American god Bunk and William James' 'bitch-goddess' Success.

In the chancelleries of the great powers, the men who were directing affairs, who were responsible for what happened, who brought it about,

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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
  • Getting Understanding 473
  • Index 479
  • Publishers Books Quoted Or Reviewed 505
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