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Education—the Tool of the Dominant Elite

by Lawrence Dennis — 1935

THIS article represents an effort to express my philosophy of education in answer to a series of highly pertinent inquiries formulated in a letter from this journal. To say that the school should be used to influence positively attitudes favoring one or another type of social living seems to me merely the making of the trite observation that the school ought to do what it has always done and what it cannot help doing. The school cannot help imparting knowledge of social facts or ideas. That, of course, is the special business of the school; but it is also one of the daily performance of every human institution. It is not the peculiar feature of the school that it educates. The most distinctive peculiarity of the school, as one of the legion of human institutions which educate, is that the school educates with consciously conceived and willed purposes.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 1, 1935, p. 11-15
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13003, Date Accessed: 7/16/2018 6:48:50 AM

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