Education: The Wasteland

Arnericans do a lot of worrying about waste of the nation's natural resources, but few give much thought to waste of its human beings. Last week, with the publication of its first major report—The Uneducated, by Sociologists Eli Ginzberg and Douglas W. Bray (Columbia; $4.50)—Columbia University's Conservation of Human Resources Project gave the U.S. some worrisome facts & figures:

¶ Of 18 million men examined for military service during World War II, one in every twelve turned out to be illiterate, semiliterate, or mentally deficient. In 1941, 12% of all employed males in...

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