Rainbow Countries of Central America

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CHAPTER XIV THE PATH TO EDUCATION

IN the midst of all the problems of Central America, political, social or economic, we all find ourselves in the end considering but one possible solution,--education. Whether it is agriculture, with a crying need for more scientific methods, or whether it is politics, with the only hope a thinking electorate, the answer seems the same,-- education. Central Americans of every class, almost, say it, just as every visitor dismisses the human questions which crowd upon him with a sweeping declaration that "the governments ought to educate them."

So no book on Central America can avoid a word on this matter of education; it is the goal and the road to the goal in one. The situation is inexpressibly complicated and yet it has certain factors of simplicity.

To begin with, while education is recognized as the greatest need and desire of every Central American country, it has been for many years and even for generations almost the stepchild of all the Central American governments. Revolutions have wasted the substance, overloaded administration has eaten up revenues, and graft has fattened favorites--and education has paid the bill. There is not one country in Central America where there are enough primary schools to care for the

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