Public Schools: A Claimant to Power

Who should set policy for the nation's public schools? Traditionally, this power has been invested in nonprofessional school boards and professional superintendents. In the wake of several bitter strikes, teachers' organizations are demanding a bigger voice in the establishment of educational goals.

There is some justice in the teachers' claim to power. Those now in charge of the schools, particularly in the big cities, have failed miserably—and teachers cannot be blamed for overcrowded classes, inept texts, pre-Sputnik curriculums. Even the injection of billions of dollars in federal funds, designed specifically to spur...

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