Education: Flapdoodle

Professor Henry Grattan Doyle of George Washington University thought it was time to call a halt. The latest gimmick among U.S. educators was something called "life-adjustment education" —a school of thought which seemed to believe that the teacher's job was not so much to teach history or algebra, as to prepare students to live happily ever after. "It will pass," said Professor Doyle to the Modern Language Association last week; but meanwhile, "it is continuing the same course of wild claims, blanket condemnation of 'traditional' subjects, anti-intellectualism, and contempt for 'book learning' that have characterized its predecessors for more than a...

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