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WE hear from the forum and pulpit that reconstruction must follow a war of such magnitude as that just closing. But the laws of habit still operate and, if permitted to do so, the nation will return, in fact will prefer to return, to those accustomed grooves of thought and action from which they have been so vigorously shaken.
This return is not possible in those cases which have an economic basis. The industrial world will be compelled by the insistence of labor to change its ideals and practices, and problems of finance, taxes, and revenues will force reconstruction in the field of politics. But education will not feel the insistent urge of economic forces unless some obvious catastrophe, such as the spectacle of schoolrooms unprovided with teachers because of public parsimony, visualizes the crisis for the taxpayers. Situations less Obvious than this the citizen does not see and understand. It is difficult to show him that low salaries may result in other evils as serious as the corporeal absence of teachers from the classroom. He must be shown that not only must teaching be good but that better buildings, better sanitation, curriculum changes, compulsory education, and vocational education must be provided.
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