Education: First Aid

Soon after James David MacConnell became associate dean of Stanford University's School of Education back in 1947, he began to have callers from the school systems of overcrowded California towns. Most of them were superintendents who "thought they needed more schools or additions but didn't know how to go about getting them. I was struck," says MacConnell, "by how lost some of them seemed to be."

A onetime school superintendent himself (in Beaverton, Mich.), Dean MacConnell thought he knew how to help his callers out. His scheme: a special School Plant Planning Department at Stanford which would not only aid small communities...

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