Education: 70%--or Else

Probably the most democratic and hardest-working school in the U.S. is the one conducted in Detroit's old Le Baron Body plant by the Briggs Mfg. Co., which switched last year from automobile bodies to planes. In that efficient technical school Briggs executives, plant managers and foremen study side by side with green boy & girl apprentices, old auto workers, Negroes. Briggs executives have a stiffer course, must get 70% on their report cards or be flunked out.

In the Briggs school (900 students, 63 instructors), which graduated its tenth class last week, classes are held on company time. Trainees get 65¢ an...

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