Education: Long Count

The Germans, it now appears, are not likely to conquer the physical U.S. But they conquered the minds of U.S. educators long ago. The German doctrines of scientific pedagogy and of the squirrelish accumulation of facts (Ph.D.) are still the U.S. fashion. Anyone curious to know what is wrong with U.S. education would do well to examine briefly a new book titled A Basic Vocabulary of Elementary School Children (Macmillan; $6).

Henry D. Rinsland, Ph.D., professor of education (on military leave) at the University of Oklahoma, spent many months of his time (and...

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