Ohio History Journal

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Educating for Democracy. A Symposium. (Yellow Springs, The

Antioch Press, 1937. 148p.)

Antioch College is responsible for the publication of this in-

teresting symposium on one of the most pertinent and many

faceted problems facing educational leaders of today: what is

the function of education in a democratic state? Believing that

a discussion of some of the issues involved in such a question

would be of value, and wishing to honor its first president, Horace

Mann, Antioch College made the necessary arrangements for such

a symposium, the immediate occasion for the event being the

formal opening of the nation-wide Horace Mann Centennial Cele-

bration, with the dedication on October 16 and 17, 1936, of the

bronze statue of Mann presented to the college by Hugh Taylor

Birch.  The papers herein contained were prepared for the

symposium, for the dedication ceremonies, and for publication in

this volume.

The book opens with a concise biographical sketch of Horace

Mann, "champion of democracy," written by R. L. Straker. Then

follows a tripartite discussion: the educational program; educa-

tion and social organization; and education and progress.

A survey of the contributors shows that the book is by no

means a schoolmen's volume. Two lawyers, one physicist, one

engineer, two manufacturers, and one editor have been given an

opportunity to express their opinions on present-day education,

and the assemblage of their views, together with those of seven

well-known educators, have resulted in a book which is both

significant and stimulating in its varied expressions.

In general the contributors have agreed upon three things:

that education today faces a much larger task than it did during

the life-time of Horace Mann; that democracy is the best type of