This book is based on two assumptions:
a) the survival of our society is threatened by an increasing number of unprecedented and, to date, insoluble problems;
b) something can be done to improve the situation.
A list of huge american issues:
- the number one health problems is mental illness;
- the crime (from delinquency among adolescents to fraud perpetrated by some of the richest corporations);
- the suicide problem;
- the misinformation (“news management”) – lies, clichés, rumors.
Problems related to the population explosion: birth-control problem, abortion problem, housing problem, parking problem, food and water-supply problem.
This book tries to be about the “What, if anything, can we do about these problems?” problem.
Change is the most striking characteristic of the world we live in and our educational system has not yet recognized this fact.
Within the educational establishment there are insufficient daring and vigorous ideas on which to build a new approach to education. One must look to men whose books would rarely be used, or even thought of, in education courses, and would not be listed under the subject ‘education’ in libraries.
Almost all the educators deal with qualitative problems in quantitative terms, and, in doing so, miss the point.