Education: The Super-Professionals

There was a time, Albert Lynd remembers, when "next to the minister, the high-school principal . . . was the most learned fellow in town." Today, says Lynd, onetime educator and now a Boston advertising man, things have changed. The local high school may well be in the hands of "a brisk Kiwanian" whose teaching experience comes, not from the arts and sciences, but from auto driving or basketball and who earned his doctorate by "researches into the theory and function of a school cafeteria." "Who or what," Lynd asks, "was responsible for the change?"

Once a history teacher at Stanford...

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