Education: A Modern McGuffey

Early in the 20th century, the sternly preachy anthologies called McGuffey's Eclectic Readers faded out of the American classroom. Ever since, many elementary-school teachers have been stumped by the problem of instructing pupils in moral themes without committing the modern sin of sermonizing.

The problem now appears solved by a set of morals-based readers called the Golden Rule Series, published by the American Book Co. of New York City. Subtitle of the series: the Modern McGuffey Readers. Wary of its competitors, American is keeping mum about its total sales. But, says contented President Grant Houston Brown: "We haven't had such an immediate...

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