Education: Commerce for Children

McGuffey's Readers marked a milestone in U.S. education. What textbooks will become the McGuffeys of tomorrow? A notable contender for the role of McGuffey's successor is a Stanford professor of education, Paul Robert Hanna, supervisor and part author of a thumpingly successful series of elementary school textbooks on social questions. Last week teachers were leafing through two new additions to the series.

The social textbook field for grade-school children is largely divided between Hanna's series and that of pioneer Progressive Educator Harold Rugg (TIME, Sept. 9, 1940). With a momentum built up by his high-school books since 1922, Rugg's elementary series has...

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