Education: Old-Fashioned Progressive

In the dining hall of Chicago's Francis W. Parker School one night last week, 40 teachers and headmasters from private schools all over the city gathered for a dinner in honor of a distinguished colleague. After 35 years, Perry Dunlap Smith was retiring as headmaster of the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka. For many a U.S. educator, the retirement was something of a milestone. A disciple of the late Colonel Parker, Headmaster Smith has spanned the whole history of the American progressive movement, and his own school has become one of the...

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