Education: The Defection

Though carefully restrained in tone, the memo to Texas A & M's 800 county agents and staffmen scattered across the state was nevertheless a solemn warning. Its author was 64-year-old D. Willard Williams, the institution's vice chancellor in charge of agriculture and one of the nation's top agricultural experts. "Agriculture," wrote Williams, "faces a drying up of trained leadership at its source. There just simply are not nearly enough young men and women entering the agricultural and home-economics fields." Williams' worry: While the rest of the country harps on its need for young scientists and engineers, who is going to stay...

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