Education: Who Gets Shortchanged?

New York City has the nation's biggest school system—and one of the saddest.

What "inertia and apathy" portend for the city—and for the whole nation—was summed up last week by the Ford Foundation's President Henry T. Heald, onetime (1952-56) chancellor of New York University, in an angry speech before New York City's United Parents Associations. "What happens in the nation's largest city makes its impact throughout the country. Educational neglect means aggravation of the conditions leading to irresponsibility and lawlessness among our youth, an increasing economic burden for social welfare, the perpetuation of islands of squalor amidst shining centers of commerce and...

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