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Politics and Education


by Charles A. Beard — 1916

It is an interesting commentary on American political science that we should be setting out at this late hour to explore the relation of the state to education, but there is nothing astounding about it when we reflect upon the history of both the state and education in this country. The very existence of such separate sciences and disciplines as “economics,” “politics,” “sociology,” and “education,” is an indication of the moral and intellectual anarchy which has reigned supreme in the United States for the last hundred years. The father of the science of politics, Aristotle, had the true conception of the subject when he brought within its domain domestic and public economy and education as well as the forms and processes of government. And Aristotle’s eighteenth century successor, Adam Smith, rightly named the science over which he presided, “Political Economy.”


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 17 Number 3, 1916, p. 215-226
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6300, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 7:29:06 PM

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