PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
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It is valueless to offer an answer in general terms, to say, for example, that the object of extending secondary education to all is to raise the educational standard of the nation; we must try to discover what we believe to be the specific purpose, or purposes, of secondary education, that is, of the second of three progressive stages of education which together cover the whole of life, the stage which coincides with the years of adolescence, and which, while contributing to the general purpose of education as a whole, clearly has a particular purpose of its own, different from that of primary or adult education. Otherwise, of course, there is no point in regarding it as a separate stage. And we must, naturally, find an answer which is entirely relevant to our particular form of democratic society. That that form is to-day visibly and rapidly changing, and that none of us knows what will be the outcome of the present changes makes any answer tentative, but does not permit us to evade the question. We have to educate for life in that changing society, not for life in one that is past and gone or in some ideal form of society which exists only in the minds of visionaries.