Education: Don't Beat the Band

The school board of Parchment, Mich, (pop. 1,500), near Kalamazoo, last week faced an astonishing dilemma. For $30,000 it must build either 1) two new classrooms at an overcrowded elementary school, or 2) a fancy band room at the brand-new Parchment High School. Why is the band room more important? Because the high school is not yet accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools—and apparently will not be without a band room.

This intelligence comes from Dr. Ray E. Kehoe, associate director of the University of Michigan's Bureau of School Services, who cased Parchment High last month. Dr....

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