Education: Walk a Little Faster

James Bryant Conant's first three books, written when he was a Harvard professor, were chemistry texts. His fourth was a wartime manifesto; his fifth an essay on the teaching of science. Last week, at 55, Harvard's President Conant published his sixth—and for the first time got around to a full-dress treatment of the subject that has been most on his mind the past 15 years: education, and what's wrong with it. Readers of Education in a Divided World (Harvard University Press; $3) will find it a relentlessly rational but occasionally sprightly discussion of the subject by a man who is well...

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