Education: The Thread of Discontent

Mortimer Smith, who once served as a Connecticut school-board member, is the author of some scorching criticism of U.S. public schools (TIME, Dec. 5, 1949). Writing last week in the Christian Century, he lit into the schoolmen's countercharge that their critics are mostly just religious zealots and neo-fascist superpatriots.

"There is," wrote Smith, "one thread that shines through all the fabric of current criticism: discontent with the schools of education and the teachers' colleges ... [which] now completely dominate public education . . . The critics claim that under the aegis of these institutions . . . common standards of learning are...

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