Education: Back Talk

The progressive educationists have taken some harsh criticism in recent months, but not all of them are listening in the storm cellar. A few are talking back—indignantly and in the same old rich, deep-purpled educationese.

Languages for What? Should children be taught foreign languages in elementary school? Only if two or more languages are spoken in the community, according to a report issued last week by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development of the National Education Association. In such cases, Authors Elizabeth Engle Thompson and Arthur E. Hamalainen say, the foreign language "should become part of the social living experiences in...

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