Education: The Higher, the Worser

Boston's pink-cheeked Porter Sargent is the Westbrook Pegler of education. He envisions himself as a kind of public conscience to the profession, and succeeds at least in being its common scold. Each year, in revising his Handbook of Private Schools, he writes a new introduction, and usually finds something different to attack. Last week, with the 31st edition of his Handbook, he took up the evils of wealth.

The independent school, said Sargent, has never before been so dependent upon big donations from wealthy people. "The inference sometimes left to the student is that it behooves him to be loyal to the...

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