Education: Dissent at Table 40

When the big White House Conference on Education finally broke up, most of the delegates headed for home convinced of a job well done. Not so, prestigious Joel Henry Hildebrand, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of California, president of the American Chemical Society, blunt critic of what he calls the declining intellectual standards of U.S.

schools. Last week Dr. Hildebrand issued his own minority report on why he thinks the conference was a flop.

Watchful Men. First of all, though one-third of the delegates were professional educators, "college professors, who must further train for intellectual leadership much of the product of...

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