Education: Supply & Demand

The U.S. is used to boasting about its wealth and progress. But is it training enough people to carry them on? Last week, in a special report—A Policy for Scientific and Professional Manpower (Columbia University; $4.50)—the National Manpower Council at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business gloomily answered no. The supply of trained minds is lagging way behind the demand.

In 1952 the nation was at least 25,000 engineers short. It had only 18,000 physicists; only 3,500 of them have Ph.D.s. It needs at least 53,000 more teachers, by 1960 will face a shortage of between 22,000 and 45,000 physicians. Most alarming...

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