The Captive School
by Granville Hicks - 1935
Today teachers in both public and private schools are threatened in two ways, by the loss of freedom and by the general lowering of American standards of education. The same men who curb criticisms of capitalism are, as a result of the depression, reducing their gifts and fighting against the levying of taxes to pay for education. Some of them are frankly saying that education is a luxury and that this is no time for luxuries. In the full conviction that they are preserving civilization, they are systematically destroying the results in education of what they proudly regard as a century of progress.
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