Education: To Improve Slum Schools

His sherry cabinet in Harvard Yard long since turned over to another president, his diplomat's striped pants put into mothballs, the quiet New Englander embarked on a new career—unofficial Inspector General of U.S. Education. Dr. James Bryant Conant toured high schools, investigated curriculums and teachers, and in 1959 mildly concluded that the U.S. high school could be improved "with no radical change." But then Conant got around to taking a look at slum education. His report, Slums and Suburbs (McGraw-Hill; $3.95), published last week, shows how incensed a former Harvard president can get....

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