Mortimer Adler on the Backbone of Democracy

“Not until this century have we undertaken to give twelve years of schooling to all our children…. Suffrage without schooling produces mobocracy, not democracy—not rule of law, not constitutional government by people as well as for them.”

Mortimer J. Adler, The Paideia Proposal: An Educational Manifesto (1982)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

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