The comparative study of educational movements … is not impractical, seeing that the intellectual and economic interests of the great nations are closely interwoven and that therefore a serious change to the educational equipment of any one of them is certain, sooner or later, to concern the rest.
The youthful practitioners of the youthful field of comparative education frequently display toward the past an attitude of let the dead bury the dead. It was salutary to see them reminded recendy of the work of Michael Sadler, Isaac Kandel, and Nicholas Hans. The work of these pioneers is more than a historical curiosity; much of it, especially the theoretical part, has a modern ring, a contemporary relevance. My own interest is in Michael Sadler as an invaluable guide to changes occurring in American public education at the turn of the century.