Education: Schoolman

Education, Inc., spending nearly $3,000,000,000 per year in good times, is the nation's biggest socialized business. Yet it is most unsocially and inefficiently decentralized, with 127,000 old-fashioned local school boards doing business with taxpayers' money. There are 424,000 school board members, one for every two U. S. school teachers. That some are inefficient and others are dishonest is not surprising. But people everywhere were amazed last week to hear that Dickson City, coal-mining suburb of Scranton, Pa., has a schoolman who cannot read and can scarcely write.

Treasurer of the Dickson City school...