Education: Wasted Talent

"Anger and urgency assail me," snaps Harvard College's Dean John Monro about a problem that roils educators across the country. It is the sad fact—and the underside of U.S. education—that hundreds of thousands of talented and sometimes brilliant youngsters not only lack the means to go to college but do not even aspire to go. Many among them are what sociologists gingerly call the "culturally deprived"—Negroes, Puerto Ricans, poor whites—who do not know that they are bright. Others are slum and farm kids ignored by crowded colleges because they go to "wrong" schools....

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