Education: The N.E.A. Takes a Stand

"The issue has been raised," cried the speaker. "The country is looking at what we do in the next half-hour." The issue—whether Communists should be allowed to teach—was far & away the nation's knottiest academic problem. In Boston last week at its annual convention, the powerful National Education Association (825,000 state and national members) took its stand.

Only five delegates (with the backing of Prof. Herbert H. Phillips, recently fired from, the University of Washington as a party member) thought that Communists had any place in teaching. The other 2,882 delegates thought otherwise, and so the N.E.A. voted to bar Communists from...

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