Education for the People


TOTAL war is accustoming us to the necessity for radical changes in the pattern of our society. After the War we shall not be able to go back to our old way of living. We may try to reinstate the old order, leaving it to the inevitable next cataclysm to teach us what the present one fails to do, or we can go forward with imagination and resolution to create a new order. The first few years after the War will be crucial. Will the resolution we are showing now be spent, or baffled, as it was after the War of 1914–18, or will it carry us on to the creation of a new pattern of living in which war will not be inevitable ? The decision depends a good deal on people thinking now what we shall have to do. Some people are thinking now, and though we are not yet within sight of winning the War, it is not premature to be doing so. In the field of education, the officers of the Board of Education have their plan of reconstruction, but for not very convincing reasons it remains a secret plan. Dr. Spencer does a public service by making public now his plan for a ‘new deal’ in education.

Education for the People

By Dr. F. H. Spencer. Pp. vii + 306. (London: George Routledge and Sons, Ltd., 1941.) 7s. 6d. net.

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OLIVER, R. Education for the People. Nature 148, 328–329 (1941) doi:10.1038/148328a0

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