Education: The Pursuit of Excellence

Last week the U.S. had, for the reading, as thoughtful and searching an analysis of its educational system as it is likely to get. Source: the fourth report of the Special Studies Project of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.* The authors (among them: John W. Gardner, Carnegie Corporation of New York president; the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, president of Notre Dame; Sociologist David Riesman) are sharply critical of defects in U.S. education, and aware that the nation's future depends largely on whether these defects are mended.

But the larger concern of the unhurried professorial report is not the pursuit of scientific or economic...

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