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July 1964

Who Teaches the Teachers

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(1):1-4. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860070047001

A fundamental tenet of democracy in these United States is universal if not necessarily uniform education. The development of our country followed lines radically different from those envisaged by Thomas Jefferson in his informed electorate of independent artisans, small farmers, and merchants. Instead we have the development of large cities, the industrial explosion with its polarities of management and labor, farm and city, north and south, black and white. Nevertheless, the process of democracy in so far as it may be said to be directed and have purpose is predicated upon universal education. Literary uniformity and conformity are derived axiomatically. Over against the notion that man is educable and thus within limits may achieve his own salvation, govern his own future, and develop along the glorious lines of promise which every new life has in theory, stands the somber dissent of those who, looking at the achievements of democracy, find

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