The Responsibility of Education in Wartime
by Ernest O. Melby - 1942
THE EFFECT OF PEARL HARBOR was electric. It destroyed isolationism as an articulate force in America. In a single blow it revealed not only our lack of military alertness but also the lack of realism in our appraisal of the nature of the world in which we live. For our nation it was a soul-shaking experience. But we have yet to recover from our initial shock and to make an accurate appraisal of the task that confronts us. Such an appraisal is a first step in charting our social and educational course for the war and post-war period. There is a grave danger that we shall again become complacent and as a result prolong or lose the war as well as fail to make adequate preparation for peace.
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