Training for Citizenship

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    A REVIEW of the Corporation's experience in the field of general education leads to some interesting reflections on the present status and influence of the Graduate School (that “sacred cow in American education, to be worshipped rather than studied, understood, and improved”) and the extent to which o students destined for the professions are truly educated in the sense of being prepared for life. Their education must, it is contended, “give far more consideration than it does at present to the place of the professionally trained men and women in a modern community, the place that such men and women might take as a united group, not divided and weakened in their influence as at present by an over-emphasis on the spirit and traditions of the separate professional guilds”. While education cannot alone create an aristocracy of trained intelligence, it can have regard to such an ideal and foster attitudes that would lead professional men and women to work together rather than separately in contributing to the solution of our political and social problems.

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    Training for Citizenship. Nature 143, 932 (1939) doi:10.1038/143932b0

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