Nomination of James B. Conant: Hearings Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Eighty-third Congress, First Session, on the Nomination of James B. Conant to be United States High Commissioner for Germany. February 2 and 3, 1953

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Էջ 56 - A dual system serves and helps to maintain group cleavages; the absence of a dual system does the reverse. This is particularly true of the secondary schools. Indeed, I would plead with those who insist on sending their children to denominational schools that they might limit their insistence on this type of education to the elementary years. Our liberties will only be secure in the hands of the people, Jefferson declared, and in the hands of the people with a certain "degree of instruction.
Էջ 49 - No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion.
Էջ 56 - If one accepts the ideal of a democratic, fluid society with a minimum of class distinction, the maximum of fluidity, the maximum of understanding between different vocational groups, then the ideal secondary school is a comprehensive public high school.
Էջ 56 - The greater the proportion of our youth who attend independent schools, the greater the threat to our democratic unity.
Էջ 9 - The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present... As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.
Էջ 76 - This implies on the one hand a relatively mobile social structure changing from generation to generation, and on the other, mutual respect between different vocational and economic groups; in short, a minimum of emphasis on class distinction. That is why we Americans so often refer to a man as being "democratic...
Էջ 54 - According to my view, the doctrine of equality of which De Tocqueville wrote so long ago has come to mean in the United States not parity of status for all adults but equality of opportunity for the young.
Էջ 55 - If this clergyman would start off all his attacks on modern education by stating that for him secularism and communism are equal dangers, the reader would be in a better position to evaluate what he was about to read. There are many sincere Protestants, Jews, and Catholics who believe that secondary education divorced from a denominational religious core of instruction is highly unsatisfactory education.
Էջ 54 - ... on any monolithic type of educational structure; we shrink from any idea of regimentation, of uniformity as to the details of the many phases of secondary education. Unity we can achieve if our public schools remain the primary vehicle for the education of our youth, and if as far as possible all the youth of a community attend the same school irrespective of family fortune or cultural background.
Էջ 56 - ... been trying desperately hard in the last twenty-five years to attract a larger number of public high-school graduates. They aim to be national in terms of geography and representative of all income groups; that they have to some degree succeeded in moving nearer their goal is, to me, a hopeful sign. I cannot help regretting that private schools have been established in the last twenty years in certain urban areas where a generation ago a public high school served all the youth of the town or...

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