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Educational Ideals and the Profit Motive

by William H. Kilpatrick - 1934

ANY educator concerned to serve society today must, if he be sensitive, feel the nullifying effects that somehow arise out of our general social-economic situation to block the aims and ideals that he would uphold in behalf of the young committed to his care. Too often his efforts are thwarted in the end even when they are not discounted and perverted in advance. Closer scrutiny seems to locate the crux of these evil influences in the pervasive struggle within our business-economic system for competitive gain. The term profit motive may serve as a convenient label for the aim and incentive supposed to underlie the efficient working of the business system. The aim of this paper then is to study the profit motive working within its setting and to trace out the resulting social and educative effects that oppose and thwart the ideals of the educator.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 2, 1934, p. 9-13
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12963, Date Accessed: 11/28/2020 3:22:57 AM

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