Education: Brother, You Don't Resign

Last week 22 more teachers turned up in Manhattan's Foley Square Federal Courthouse to testify before the Senate subcommittee investigating Communism in U.S. schools (TIME, Sept. 22). Over & over again, Michigan's Senator Homer Ferguson and Committee Counsel Robert Morris put the main question: Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?

The teachers did their best to avoid answering. They invoked the First, Fifth, Sixth and 13th Amendments to the Constitution. In the end, 18 of them took refuge in the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer. As they testified, they knew that the New...

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