Education: Tomorrow's High School

Progressive Education has passed its high-school test. An unofficial supreme court of educators, delivering its verdict in the famed Eight-Year Study this week, found that graduates of Progressive preparatory schools were more successful in college than their contemporaries. Many considered its report (The Story of the Eight-Year Study; Harper; $1.75) a death sentence for the traditional system of U.S. high-school education.

The study began in 1932, when 300 liberal arts colleges gave the Progressive Education Association a green light to experiment by agreeing to admit graduates of 30 Progressive schools without the usual entrance requirements. The 30 schools, ranging from Denver's...

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