Adult Education in the United States


    ADULT education has been much discussed of late, especially from the point of view of education for citizenship in a democracy. This is a point of view now very widely canvassed in America, having found an enthusiastic advocate in Dr. J. W. Studebaker, the United States Federal Commissioner of Education. A year ago his bulletin "Education for Democracy: Public Affairs Forums“ was noticed in these columns, and an appreciation of the 'Forum' system, based on six weeks' personal participation, by the secretary of the British Institute of Adult Education, was published in Bulletin No. VII of the World Association for Adult Education. The Forums are organized within the framework of the public school system under the control of the local education authority and are conducted by expert leaders using varying techniques according to the size and composition of the membership. Addressing the National Education Association last February on "Crucial Issues in Education“(Pamphlet No. 74. Superintendent of Documents, Washington. Pp. 20. Price 5 cents), Dr. Studebaker announced that nineteen public forum demonstration centres, officially sponsored by him and financed, as a temporary measure, with federal funds, were operating in as many States. In the preceding five months more than 350,000 people had attended 3,854 forum meetings.

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    Adult Education in the United States. Nature 140, 816 (1937).

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