Education: Education Race (Contd.)

New evidence came from Russia last week that Soviet education is fast-growing and surprisingly healthy. Said awed U.S. Commissioner of Education Lawrence Derthick, back from Russia with nine colleagues after a month-long tour: "We were simply not prepared for the degree to which the U.S.S.R., as a nation, is committed to education as a means of national advancement. [It is] a total commitment. We witnessed an education-centered economy. The privileged class in Russia is the children."

Russians, he said, are convinced that "children, schools and hard work will win them their place in the sun, and on the moon." Derthick was careful...