Education: The Education Race

Sounding occasionally like an announcer watching a three-legged horse win the Belmont Stakes, U.S. educators back from Russian tours report with awe and alarm that the Soviet schools are in some ways very good indeed. More strident cries rise from home-based critics, who demand that the U.S. get into the education race without delay. A more thoughtful reporting job is offered in The Big Red Schoolhouse (Doubleday; $3.95), a new book by Fred M. Hechinger, who helped write the Rockefeller report on U.S. education, The Pursuit of Excellence (TIME, July 7).

Hechinger, onetime...

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