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The Imperfect Panacea

reviewed by Albert S. Anthony - 1969

coverTitle: The Imperfect Panacea
Author(s): Henry Perkinson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This volume might be appropriately subtitled, "A Thesis in Search of Proof." The thesis in question is given partial expression in the one-page "Preface" and appears again in the two-page final chapter, this time in the form of a conclusion. It consists essentially of the following: After the Civil War the nation used its schools as "a panacea for all social problems." Such unlimited faith in "the power of education caused us to make unwarranted, unrealistic, and harmful demands upon it." The result has been that the schools not only failed to solve our social problems but have actually aggravated these and produced consequences directly opposed to those that were intended. This is indeed an interesting thesis. Quite possibly it is a correct one. This volume, however, fails to supply much support for it. The main part of the book does little by way of systematically developing and evidencing the writer's... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 6, 1969, p. 574-575
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1933, Date Accessed: 6/15/2021 1:16:41 PM

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