Education: Conant Sees a Menace

U.S. public schools have been traditionally classless and nonsectarian. To Harvard's James Bryant Conant, that is the way they should be. Last week, in an alarmist mood, he called the rise of private and denominational schools a menace to "our democratic unity."

"There are," said he, "many sincere Protestants, Jews and Catholics who believe that secondary education divorced from a denominational religious core is bad education . . . That such people have a right to organize their own schools I do not question . . . [But] to my mind, our schools should serve all creeds . . . Therefore, to...

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