WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO YOUR CHILDREN by Dr. Max Rafferty

WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO YOUR CHILDREN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Chewing on the old cheroot of progressive education, and stomping with all the zeal of a Chautauqua circuit speaker (or perhaps a football coach-- Dr. -- Ph.D.?- Rafferty spent eight years of his twenty in the California public schools system as a physical ed. instructor), this book is an extension course in Rafferty's political campaign. He's now California's State Supt. of Public Instruction and may run for governor. But here he's just running off at the mouth against John Dewey- the original sinner, and the evils of permissiveness and pragmatism which have extended to all our culture (sin, sex, television, publishing, modern art, text books, etc., etc.). He's also agin' most of the curricular changes (although he shows very little Life Adjustment to what is being taught today) and in lurching rhetoric damns the ""bland, , cloying sick philosophy now spreading all over the land like so much malignant margarine"". He's pre respect, discipline, patriotism, the masterworks of the past, and ""good English."" He's not above using ""Baloney"". It's hard to think that anyone will take this very seriously, but the depressing fact is that he was elected in California.

Pub Date: March 16th, 1964
Publisher: New American Library