Education: All-Programmed School

The theory of programmed learning is that nothing succeeds like success. It holds that some subjects are learned best when broken into tiny chunks of information that students can master one by one, each step providing its own little thrill of accomplishment. It works for subjects as diverse as chemistry, philosophy and navigation. Now a high school has organized its entire curriculum on programmed learning's principle.

The experiment at Middletown High School, near Newport, R.I., is just beginning its second year. Anywhere else. Middletown's 1,271 youngsters, mostly children of employees and servicemen of...

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