Education: A Question of Priorities

In a nation fighting for its life, what is the priority rating of education? U.S. educators pondered that question last week at the 80th annual meeting of the National Education Association in Denver and concluded that education should have a higher priority than it has.

Men and money are being diverted from the schools, rapidly. U.S. Education Commissioner John Ward Studebaker reported that the nation faces a shortage of 50,000 teachers-and the probable closing of many rural schools in the coming year.

He also reported that lack of education has weakened the war effort; 10,000,000 U.S. citizens were lost to the Army...

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