Education: Dismal Document

Of the U.S. journalists who write about education, the name of Dr. Benjamin Fine leads all the rest. He likes to say: "I follow the teachers as some people follow the ponies." For ten years he has covered education for the New York Times, traveled thousands of miles, attended countless conventions, visited almost every U.S. college, bombarded students, teachers and officials with questionnaires about everything from coeds to cyclotrons.

The editors of the Times give him a free hand, don't even read his safe-&-sane, stuffy, Times-like pieces before they appear in print. One...

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