their hands on.' Selfishness and greed are, of course at the roots of it.
. . . The party, if such it can be called, is made up of many discordant
elements—Socialists, Anarchists, Nihilists, Communists, Socialist visionaries, thieves, pickpockets, robbers, terrorists, grafters and a great mass
of ignorant, unthinking people, all united for the present in a blind desire
to destroy all whom they fancy to be in a position superior to their own.
THE PROCESSES OF EDUCATION
How far the schools have been used to further anti-Russian
propaganda will never be known. There is little doubt, however, that the public schools have been used without restraint
to spread fabrications about Soviet Russia. This would seem
to be the only reason for the expulsion of several teachers
from the public schools for having suggested to their pupils
that the current conceptions of Russian affairs might prove
to be distorted and that, at least, it would be well for them
to hear both sides of the argument.
The expulsion of Benjamin Glassberg from the Commercial High School, New York City, and the suspension of Miss
Alice Wood from the Western High School, Washington, D. C,
are cases in point.
The charge against Mr. Glassberg and the method of his
dismissal were summarized by the Tribune in the news
account of his "conviction" by the committee of the Board of
Education sitting on his case as follows:
Benjamin Glassberg, history teacher, suspended . . . last January on
a charge of declaring the State Department had suppressed the truth
about affairs in Russia, has been found guilty by the Board of Education,
it was learned yesterday.
Glassberg . . . was alleged to have told his pupils, in answer to
questions, that the Bolsheviki are not as bad as they are painted, and
that apparently Lenin and Trotzky are much more in favor with the
Russian people than was Kerensky, since the former two have been permitted to remain in power so long. . . .
The testimony against Glassberg was furnished by eight pupils, but
was contradicted by several other boys in the same class. (N. Y. Tribune
May 28, 1919.)
The complaint against Miss Wood, as stated by the District of Columbia Board of Education, was as follows:
Indiscreet discussion before young people of present international
conditions, social and political; her defense of Bolshevism; her offer to
instruct boys on the subject out of class; her advice to them to read certain named magazines, which would give the other and correct side of the
aims and precepts of that form of government; her advanced ideas on
individual direction and that such instruction was impressed upon immature youth with that added weight which a teacher's instruction carries.
(Letter from Board of Education quoted in Washington Post, April 10,'