Education: Tides of Mediocrity

The idea sounded fine & dandy—like "two cars in every garage," or "a chicken in every pot." The President's Commission on Higher Education wanted U.S. colleges and universities to double their enrollments by 1960 (TIME, Dec. 29). But if 4,600,000 Americans were given a college education at the same time, how good an education would they get?

Educators who opposed the velleities of the President's report were slow to speak up; they were afraid they might be misunderstood. But here & there a voice was raised. First was the Commission on Liberal Education...

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