THE WIFE OF THE STATE

This awakened faith in education as a way to salvation has flared up not only among intellectuals and educators, but in religious and labor conventions, particularly in England. They look upon it as a means of saving whatever they may find threatened,--civilization, England, the Empire.

The established Church, too, has sought to awaken the highest idealism among the people. Particularly during the past year or so, since Malvern, the leaders of the Church have been in the forefront in planning for a better world.

In this they were following the Pope, whose 'five peace points', first issued early in 1940, met with immediate response from the English religious leaders. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, and the Moderator of the Free Church Federal Council declared in a letter to the London Times, Dec. 21, 1940, "Every child, regardless of race or class, should have equal opportunities of education, suitable for the development of his peculiar capacities". (1)

The Malvern Conference, now famous, followed, January 7-10, 1941. Here where Piers Plowman six hundred years before had sat on the hill and surveyed the state of England, and which had become a place of pilgrimage for Shavians and Fabians, the Archbishop of York, presiding, called for "a new order of society--a new integration of religion, morals, politics, and economics". (2) The Church "stole a march on the Government with a program of post-war aims" for the abolition of the profit system, declared Time. (3) The Conference resolved, "The war is not to be regarded as an isolated evil. It is one symptom of widespread disease and maladjustment."

In attendance were 23 bishops, 14 deans, and 500 other Church leaders. Sir Richard Acland, fifteenth baronet, declared, "The whole structure of society . . . is, from the Christian point of view, rotten". It is useless to tinker with the present system since "the private ownership of the major resources of our country is indeed the stumbling block which is making it harder for us to advance towards the Kingdom of God on earth". (4) The novelist Dorothy Sayers attacked the church for its trivial views of

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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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