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The DODD REPORT to the Reece Committee on Foundations
November 1, 1953-April 30, 1954


Un-American and Subversive — Any action having as its purpose the alteration of either the principle or the form of the United States Government by other than constitutional means. (This definition is derived from a study of this subject made by the Brookings Institute at the request of the House Un-American Activities Committee .)


These original studies of "the public interest" disclosed that during the four years, 1933-1936, a change took place which was so drastic as to constitute a "revolution" . They also indicated conclusively that the responsibility for the economic welfare of the American people had been transferred heavily to the Executive Branch of the Federal Government ; that a corresponding change in education had taken place from an impetus outside of the local community, -and that this "revolution" had occurred without violence and with the full consent of an overwhelming majority of the electorate .


Likewise, they seemed to reveal that grants had been made by Foundations (chiefly by Carnegie and Rockefeller) which were used to further this purpose by :

- Directing education in the United States toward an international viewpoint and discrediting the traditions to which, jt (formerly) had been dedicated.* Training individuals and servicing agencies to render advice to the Executive branch of the Federal Government.
- Decreasing the dependency of education upon the resources of the local community and freeing it from many of the natural safeguards inherent in this American tradition .
- Changing both school and college curricula to the point where they sometimes denied the principles underlying the American way of life.
- Financing experiments designed to determine the most effective means by which education could be pressed into service of a political nature.


The Progressive Education Association was established around 1880. Since then it has been active in introducing radical ideas to education which are now being questioned by many . They include the idea that the individual must be adjusted to the group as a result of his or her educational experience, and that democracy is little more than a system for cooperative living .

The American Historical Association was established in 1889 to promote historical studies . It is interesting to note that after giving careful consideration, in 1926, to the social sciences, a report was published under its auspices in 1934 which concluded that the day of the individual in the United States had come to an end and that the future would be characterized, inevitably, by some form of collectivism and an increase in the authority of the State .


In this connection, it has been interesting to examine what the educational aspect of these unprecedented Foundation activities can be expected to produce . The first example is a pamphlet in which the Declaration of Independence is discussed as though its importance lay in the fact that it had raised two, as yet unanswered questions:
1) Are men equal? and do we demonstrate this equality?
2) What constitutes "the consent of the governed"? and what does this phrase imply in practice?

By inference, the first question is subtly answered in the negative. By direct statement ; the second is explained as submitting to majority rule-but the restriction of the majority by the Constituton is not mentioned. Only an abridged version of the Declaration is printed. It is interesting that this should omit the list of grievances which originally made the general concepts of this Document reasonable.
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