At the end of World War II, a brilliant young English classicist ... a Wykehamist and a scholar of his College to boot ... who was in his twenties, was charged with interrogating members of the Hitler Youth. As John Dancy's Times obituary put it, "The sight of boys who had succumbed to [Nazi indoctrination] shocked him deeply. They were without fear or any idea of right and wrong ... They were, he realised, the victims of a 'perversion of education carried so far as to be be almost satanic.'"
These young fellows were also, he noticed, defective in the sphere of mirth.
Dancy then returned to Oxford, and scooped up the Craven and the Hertford and the Gaisford Prize for Greek Prose. But the career of a don no longer appealed to him; he was to devote the rest of his life (November 13, 1920 - December 28, 2019) to schoolmastering.
Indeed, he became head master of Lancing College. Lancing's Founder, Nathanael Woodard, had come to the conclusion, a century before, that "Education without Religion is pure Evil." At a time when the old schools of Catholic England had been turned into institutions ("Public Schools") to perpetuate the 'Enlightenment' assumptions of an arrogant Protestant governing class, Woodard founded a new set of collegiate schools designed to provide the Christian education in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England. Such Catholicism, he fervently believed, had ceased to be the purpose of the Large School Near Slough, and of schools like it. At the heart of Woodard's method were 'auricular Confession' and the Patronage of the Great Mother of God.
In my own most decidedly unhumble view, the theory and practise of Education which have taken control during the decades of my own life in Education have demonstrated the complete truth of Woodard's conviction that "Education without [the Catholic] Religion is Pure Evil."
I have little doubt that our masters will soon turn to the extirpation of Home Schooling.
As for Dancy's analysis, I would dispute only his word almost.
I wonder if it was the influence of those Hitler Youths that led Dancy, in 1954, to publish an elegant Commentary on Maccabees.