Education: Patriotic Duty

"The time has come," said the New York State Board of Regents last week, "when we as a nation must request some form of universal national service from all our young men and women . . ." To clear the way for general inductions at 18, the top policy body of New York's public school system recommended that high schools pack their standard four-year courses into three. Suggested expedients: wider use of summer classes and, "in some instances," heavier study loads during regular semesters.

Such a speedup, the New York regents pointed out, would make it possible for many a student to...

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