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THE so-called "progressive" movement in education has in recent years given rise to the theory that the educator's primary function is to improve society. By assuming leadership education will force such improvements in the social order in directions such that the children of the next generation will develop more naturally. A two-fold attack is presented by those who hold this viewpoint. A concerted campaign of propaganda is carried on to bring about as rapidly as possible the assumed trends toward collectivism of one kind or another, while at the same time the internal environment of the school is transformed into a fairly complete society, where social habits take precedence over intellectual skills and activities replace the discipline of the mind.
Trainor, J. C. (1937). The Need for Conservatism in Educational Theory. School and Society, 45(1156), 259-261.
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