Education: Parity or Excellence

Before resigning as president of Harvard last January to become U.S. High Commissioner in Germany, James Bryant Conant made quite a stir as the aggressive champion of the comprehensive public high school. "A dual system [of schools]," said he in a speech in Boston, "serves and helps to maintain group cleavages." Last week another topflight Ivy Leaguer took an uncompromising position on the other side of the question. As things are going now, said Princeton's President Harold Dodds at a Loomis School ban quet, a single school system would be a national calamity....

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