Education: Meaningful Channels

What is the aim of education? Some U.S. educators have a pat answer:- "Training for democratic living." When other educators fail to show proper reverence for their tenets, these pedagogues sometimes erupt—in the orthodox lingo of their set.

Such a steamy geyser blew off last week when Mrs. Elizabeth E. Malament, a Brooklyn social-studies teacher, inveighed against a recent U.S. history exam set by the State Board of Regents. Wrote Mrs. Malament: "Does [the exam] measure the significant and enduring values that we strive to develop in our pupils? Will it help teachers by directing their emphasis into the most meaningful channels?"...

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