Education: Conant II

After having set the U.S. high school world aflutter last year with his well-reasoned criticisms, former Harvard President James B. Conant last week took on Education in the Junior High School Years (Educational Testing Service; 50¢). Addressed to school boards, Conant's new study is a "purposely conservative" pamphlet of 46 pages—the work of a critic who spurs progress by shunning polemics.

Transition. In visiting 237 schools in 23 states, Conant found wide disagreement over where to fit grades 7-9 in a school system. Some communities keep grades 7 and 8 in elementary school, some...

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