EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM IN AN AGE OF ANXIETY by H. Gordon- Ed. Hullfish

EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM IN AN AGE OF ANXIETY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The twelfth yearbook of the John Dewey Society has some extremely pertinent and valuable observations to offer on the state of education in the United States today. Fourteen prominent American educators have contributed essays in special fields and points of interest ranging from public schools and social pressure to the advocacy of a sensibly integrated program of military training not only as preparation for defense but as an acknowledgement of reality. The editor, professor of education at Ohio State University, has done a fine job of coordination and in his title essay is eloquent in relating education's role to those of other social institutions. He bears out the warning in William Van Til's introduction that we may too easily adopt totalitarian methods for fighting totalitarianism itself in the form of communism. Among the other contributors are Ashley Montague of Rutgers University who follows the works of Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict in an encouraging refutation of man's innate competitiveness, Laurence Sears of Mills College who points to our departure from the tradition of liberty in the recent congressional loyalty reviews and conspiracy law enactments. The list continues with such as Horace Kallen, Alan F. Griffin, Ralph Dewey and John Childs. For the serious readers who alas, need less thought provoking than those who will never see this book.

Pub Date: Jan. 21st, 1952
Publisher: Harper