Education: Speaking to the Subject

In Atlantic City last week, 10,000 members of the American Association of School Administrators gathered in annual convention, slogged through dozens of trade exhibits, from green blackboards to air conditioners. But education was far from forgotten; some invited guests spoke vigorously to the subject.

¶ James B. Conant, president emeritus of Harvard, gave the first public report on his current study of U.S. junior high schools. Conant praised efforts to departmentalize the eighth grade (with four specialized teachers per class instead of one), but warned that "drastic revisions may be in order in...

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