Education: The Bad Old Favorites

In a corner office of a Gothic building at the University of Chicago, a studious woman librarian sat working over a special report one day last week. The report was all about children—what books they should read, and what books they should not. As hundreds of U.S. parents would soon learn, the May decrees of the awesome Center for Children's Books were just about ready to go out.

The center is something unique in U.S. education. It began during the war, when Chicago's Dean Frances Henne first started to worry about the fact that "there was no place where all books for...

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