Education: Pegs v. Holes

More than 85% of the students attending U.S. public high schools today must find jobs soon after graduation. Yet a large percent of U.S. high schools stubbornly maintain a curriculum designed chiefly for college preparatory training.

Year and a half ago tall, robust Edwin Augustus Lee conceived a stunt to dramatize these facts. Dr. Lee, a former San Francisco school superintendent, is director of the National Occupational Conference, which was founded in 1922—under the leadership of General Robert Irwin Rees, head of the A.E.F.'s University in France in 1918-19—to gather facts about jobs. Dr. Lee herded 13 top-rank public-school superintendents into a...

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