Education: Trumped-Up School

The most drastic of the many plans for revamping U.S. high schools is that of the Trump Commission, a group of Young Turk schoolmasters financed by the Ford Foundation and headed by J. Lloyd Trump, Associate Secretary of the National Association of Secondary-School Principals. Trump argues that "lockstep" classrooms—30 or so children in one room no matter what the subject—stifle the spirit of inquiry and waste teacher resources.

Schools can be redesigned, he says, so that children are stimulated to teach themselves.

The "Trump Plan" envisions students spending roughly equal thirds of their time in large classes where they listen to lectures,...

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