Education: Specters

U.S. Commissioner of Education Earl J. McGrath sighted "a specter in academic halls" that had nothing to do with Halloween. It was the specter "of another entire student body for every college and university." According to McGrath's figures, about 78% of the nation's fifth-grade students who are mentally qualified for college never get there. The result is that millions of U.S. citizens "go through life functioning below the level of their potential." His proposal: an annual $300 million federal aid program for college scholarships.

U.S. educators would doubtless hear more of Commissioner McGrath's proposal, as well as more about its forerunner, the...

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