Education: Fattened Guinea Pig

The guinea pig of progressive education had become a fat house pet. Last week Columbia University's Teachers College decided to close down Manhattan's combined Horace Mann-Lincoln Schools.

Founded in 1887, the Horace Mann School became one of the nation's leading laboratories of schoolteaching. Its first, timidly daring explorations did much to lift U.S. schools out of a three-Rs rut. Its experiments in such fields as manual training, natural science, and language-teaching by conversation were copied throughout the nation. But with success, Horace Mann settled down as more of a proving ground for tried methods than a laboratory for new ones.

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