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Christopher Dawson: “the progress of universal education has coincided with the secularization of modern culture”

13 January 2016

Christopher Dawson

“…once the State has accepted full responsibility for the education of the whole youth of the nation, it is obliged to extend its control further and further into new fields: to the physical welfare of its pupils—to their feeding and medical care—to their amusements and the use of their spare time—and finally to their moral welfare and their psychological guidance.
“Thus universal education involves the creation of an immense machinery of organization and control which must go on growing in power and influence until it covers the whole field of culture and embraces every form of educational institution from the nursery school to the university.
“Hence the modern movement towards universal education inevitably tends to become the rival or alternative to the Church, which is also a universal institution and is also concerned directly with the human mind and with the formation of character. And in fact there is no doubt that the progress of universal education has coincided with the secularization of modern culture and has been very largely responsible for it.”
– Christopher Dawson, in his book The Crisis of Western Education

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