Originally published in 1924, as outlined in the preface, this book is "based on the belief that the only substantial hope of rescue in the present world-crisis and the saving of even civilization itself depend upon the degree to which the creative thought that the coming generations may bring is applied to a continued and purposeful reconstruction of the modes of living. The world is in need, as never before, of stronger and more clearly-conceived ideals of conscious effort in the service of humanity. The salvation of society must be mined out of its own depths. Much of this work must be done by those now at school, and therefore we are at once led to inquire to what extent the present systems of education provide for conditions that are provocative of free and spontaneous thought."
"In each of the several countries with which the present study is concerned there is a considerable body of men and women who have undertaken a serious and thoughtful campaign of education. The pages that follow attempt to give a summary account of the origin and the likelihood of success of these several undertakings."
Part 1: Great Britain and Ireland 1. Forces that Account for the Recent English Educational Legislation and its Fate in Application 2. The Schools of England and Wales in 1914 3. The Fisher Act of 1918 4. The Economy Cry and the Fisher Act 5. Experimental Schools 6. Summer Schools 7. Scotland 8. Ireland Part 2: France 1. The Forces that Dominate the French System of Education 2. The French Schools in 1914 3. Modifications in the School System 4. The Reform Issues in French Education Part 3: Germany 1. The Standards that Formerly Dominated the Administration and Organization of German Schools 2. The German Schools in 1914 3. The German Revolution 4. Changes in the School System Part 4: Some Educational Developments Compared 1. Medical Inspection and General Welfare 2. Sex Education 3. Organization. Bibliography. Index.
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