Education: For the Common Defense

This week 8,000,000 U. S. citizens dutifully visited their schools to reaffirm their faith in education as the bread and meat of U. S. democracy. It was American Education Week, and its slogan this year was "Education for the Common Defense." Visitors saw much flag-saluting, heard much anthem-singing. But beyond that, they found educators confused, uncertain what had to be done. Disquieting to progressives was a Spartan trend toward calisthenics instead of games, military drill for boys, more homework, less music and art.

Last week the Progressive Education Association distributed to the nation's schools an ambitious program to save democracy. Its author...

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