Educators view the present war with deep concern," said Dr. Mark A. May of Yale's Institute of Human Relations to a large audience in the Fogg Art Museum last night. The occasion of his speech was the seventeenth annual Inglis Lecture of the Graduate School of Education.
May observed that in general, educators throughout the country seem to show a deep concern over the war, and are far more afraid of the effects of an Axis victory than the actual ravages of such a conflict. Several of the oldest problems of education, such as loss of financial backing and possible government control, are giving them more concern than any of the difficulties peculiar to the modern age.
Analyzing the fears of American educators, Dr. May pointed out that the most potent threat to the system as it stands today is from un-American activities and from a wide-spread intolerance which has infected many of our school boards.
Contrary to the accusations that critics have aimed at schools and colleges for the defeatism and pacifism of youth. Dr. May placed the blame for the younger generation's difficulties and attitudes on the economic order in which they were brought up. He believes that vocational training would be of immense value to the country and that "the task of education is to teach people how to manage their anxieties and hold them in proportion to the realities of the danger."