Frontier Thinking in Britain
by Mark Starr - 1942
Teachers will be interested to know that one of his most important remedies for the failings of democracy and the agency for the fulfillment of its great promise is the school. Williams has some exceedingly critical things to say about the schools of Britain. He fears that the old caste school tie and class privilege may yet strangle the British community. He insists that higher education is as necessary for a democratic community as training is for an army. In Britain 8 out of 10 children have left school before they are 15 years of age, and thus the affairs of 48 millions in the United Kingdom are run by the two to three million who can afford an expensive education or climb the greasy competitive pole of free scholarships. The author's frank challenge of these failings and his proposal for a drastic overhauling will not fall on deaf ears. Post-war Britain will see many of the changes here advocated.
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