Education: Too Hard?

Browsing through the list of college graduates who had flunked an important U.S. civil service examination, a New York Times reporter uncovered what seemed to be a startling statistic. Of 1,800 women who took the test, only 45 were declared eligible to become Junior Management Assistants.* The men did a little better, but most of them failed too. That, the Times thought, raised the question whether the exam itself was not at fault, rather than the students.

The Government's special Joint Committee of Expert Examiners had already asked more than 100 educators for their opinions of the test. While the returns...

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