Teaching: Mother of Childhood Schooling

From its headquarters in a converted yeast factory in New York's Greenwich Village, the staff of Bank Street College of Education views the nation's scholas tic trends with a certain justifiable smugness. Bank Street itself has for many years been a yeasty factor in one of U.S. education's newest preoccupations: the preschool teaching of young children. Now observing its 50th anniversary, the college suddenly finds its expertise in great demand.

The massive federally financed "Head Start" program, like many other current teaching interests, is old stuff to Bank Street, which began as a laboratory school to study the teaching of...

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