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Excerpt from Mrs. Lee's Speech at National Convention (Mrs. John G. Lee)

Excerpt from Mrs. Lee's Speech at National Convention

(Mrs. John G. Lee is the immediate Past President of the LWV of the United States.)

"In the nation's hurry to advance our scientific capacity, we must take care not to lose sight of our ultimate goals. we must see the truth in Andre Siegfried's words - 'The essential aim of civilization is not technical progress or output or equipment, but man himself'. To achieve an equilibrium will be difficult. There is a need to know all that can be found out about nuclear physics, pure and applied science of every kind; there is an equally pressing need to know in the wide and deep realm of the humanities: literature, the arts, philosophy - where mankind's true values are to be found.

"All of this can be seen in precise and practical terms. There is much we as individuals can do about it; there is a vitally important contribution which can be made by each local League.

"What shall be the aims of our public schools? How shall our education needs be financed and administered? These questions will be decided in each community. There, too, rests the ultimate decision as to the respective responsibilities of the various levels of government. I suspect in time a certain degree of acceptance will be granted that notion that in many areas of our lives the national government must play an increasingly important part since so many of our interests and problems are national in scope and concern.

We Americans have a penchant for setting up a now commission or institution and appropriating special funds whenever we face an emergency. Seldom do we see a more proficient utilization of what is already at our command as a first requirement. Additional expenditures will not necessarily change old attitudes and it is surely in the realm of public attitudes toward education and educators that a right-about-face is acutely needed.

"Surely our salvation lies not in being able to annihilate Russia, nor in remaking the world into our own image. It has in our capacity to advance human life and thought. It lies in our ability to operate a form of government demanding the highest degree of sophistication, maturity, restraint and skill. In brief, it is required of us as Americans that we not only train ourselves, but that we be educated.

"We need to know the difference. The decision lies in the hands of individual citizens each in his own community. Again, there is something vital each one of us can do in our own home town to assure our progress toward this goal."

Mrs. John G. Lee

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