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A Rational Faith in Education


by George S. Counts 1958

A great education must embrace four great tasks in a free society. First of all, it must assure mastery on the part of the younger generation of the essential practical skills and knowledges of the social heritage. Second, it must promote with unflagging zeal an understanding of the world as it is and as it is becoming. Third, it must strive without apology to inculcate in the young loyalty to the great values of a society of free men. Fourth, it must stress the universal in the total human heritage, stimulate the creative faculties of man, and contribute to the advancement of all the humane arts and sciences. Such an education might serve to prevent catastrophe and facilitate the birth of an age of abundance, freedom, justice, beauty, and peace for all mankind.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 59 Number 5, 1958, p. 249-257
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4425, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 6:02:26 AM

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