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Bode at the Crossroads

by John L. Childs 1938

PROFESSOR Bode believes that all is not well with progressive education. He contends that its "attitude of superstitious reverence for childhood" has prevented its adherents from developing a sound interpretation of the function of education in a democratic society. This sentimental devotion to the child "has betrayed the child and deprived him of his birthright. He grows up in society, but he really does not belong to it. He finds himself in a civilization that is being rocked to its foundation, without knowing what he is for or against." In short, "progressive education stands at the parting of the ways." If it persists in its present one-sided emphasis, "it will be circumnavigated and behind."

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 1, 1938, p. 267-268
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13734, Date Accessed: 7/17/2018 9:20:58 PM

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