High Schools: Afterward, College for All

An oldtime newspaper editor once defined his job as telling the people what they think. Such focusing of half-formed opinion is the role of the Educational Policies Commission, an independent offshoot of the National Education Association. In 1938 the commission echoed the country by defining the goal of U.S. schools as "economic efficiency," in 1951 as "the pursuit of happiness," in 1961 as "the ability to think." To that rising curve of academic aspiration, the commission last week added a new goal: "Universal opportunity" for all Americans to go beyond high school—free of charge—for two more years of "intellectual...

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