Counts, George Sylvester

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George Sylvester Counts, 1889–1974, American educator, b. near Baldwin City, Kans., grad. Baker Univ., 1911, Ph.D. Univ. of Chicago, 1916. He taught in the educational departments of several universities before joining the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia Univ., in 1927. A strong advocate of teachers' unions, he was president (1939–42) of the American Federation of Teachers and ran for public office on the Liberal party ticket. His works include The American Road to Culture (1930), The Prospects of American Democracy (1938), The Challenge of Soviet Education (1957), and Education and the Foundations of Human Freedom (1962).

See study by G. L. Gutek (1971).