Education: Untapped Reservoir

"If we have a well-supported educational system by which talent reaches the college level irrespective of private income, we shall both increase the effectiveness of our leadership in battle and demonstrate the reality of our American ideal." Thus last fortnight Harvard's President James Bryant Conant proposed one of the war's most provocative recruiting schemes.

His argument: Let Army & Navy continue to earmark college undergraduates (some 160,000 a year) for deferment under the present half-dozen college training plans. But let the armed services recognize that these plans are only half measures. As yet,...

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