Learning: School for Four-Year-Olds?

From eighth grade to high school and now into college, the educational expectancy of U.S. children has been expanding ever upward. Now the pressure is mounting to extend schooling two more years at the other end. Last month the Educational Policies Commission of the National Education Association proposed that "all children should have the opportunity to go to school at public expense beginning at the age of four." President Johnson promptly endorsed the idea, as did HEW Secretary John Gardner. With the Federal Government that committed, says one Washington educator, "the question...

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