Education: Yesterday's Children

The one-room schoolhouse, like the outdoor privy, is vanishing,* but half the youngsters in the U.S. (13 million of them) still go to rural schools.. What kind of education are they getting? After a two-year look-around, a nine-man commission (headed by the National Education Association's Howard Dawson, the University of Chicago's Floyd Reeves) last week reported: "In thousands of school districts the education offered is not good enough—even for yesterday."

The commission found that both rural schoolchildren and their taxpaying parents are being "robbed." The larceny is not confined to poor communities. In...

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