Education: Democracy Readers

U. S. education, like the Supreme Court, follows the election returns. In God fearing Colonial days, U. S. school readers were pious; later, in the era of industrial expansion, they glorified industry and thrift. Last week was published a new type of school reading book that appeared to mark off another period in U. S. history. Its theme was not religious, not economic, but political. Born of the U. S. people's chief present concern—alarm at dictatorship's threat—these readers were entitled Democracy Readers.* If democracy can be taught from a book, the U. S....

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