Education: School among the Ruins

One purpose, or one hope, of the U.S. occupation of Germany is to teach the Germans the ways of democracy. Are the Germans learning? The ten-man U.S. education mission to Germany, in a 24,000-word report last week, offered faint praise for what had been accomplished so far, faint hope of an early end to the job. The educators (among them American Council on Education President George Zook, Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr) found nothing to "encourage the hope of a quick fulfillment of the responsibilities which our nation . . . has assumed."

Everywhere they saw young Germans, eager to rebuild, struggling against a...

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