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Lester Frank Ward
1841 - 1913

Sociologist, dedicated humanist, author of The Psychic Factors Of Civilization (1893) and Pure Sociology (1903). Ward taught that although class struggle was the basis of animal evolution, among humans it should be the achievement of pleasure. His ideas, along with those of the like-minded John Dewey, have long been embraced by the education establishment and influenced the very foundations of the system we have today.

 The secret of the superiority of state over private education lies in the fact that in the former the teacher is responsible to society... The result desired by the state is a wholly different one from that desired by parents, guardians, and pupils.

 The school will fill the place now occupied by the church.