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Mind, School and Civilization

reviewed by Howard L. Parsons - 1952

coverTitle: Mind, School and Civilization
Author(s): John Macdonald
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This book is more an attempt at a philosophy of education than a philosophy for education. Admittedly conservative, the author conceives of education as "insight into, or appreciation of, the basic values on which our civilization rests." Equipped with the tool of language and with moral discipline, the educated man conserves and develops these values—material values, art, science, social and political values, metaphysical values, ethical and religious values. The bulk of the book is spent in defining and defending these values. As an example, the great social and political values are held to be justice, benevolence, liberty, equality, and fraternity. While some will hail this book as a clear tocsin for the traditional values of western culture and education, this reviewer finds it inadequate both as theory and as a guide to educational practice. First, it is questionable in what sense our civilization "rests" on the values claimed. No doubt these... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 54 Number 1, 1952, p. 47-47
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4964, Date Accessed: 8/4/2020 4:53:12 PM

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