Education: A Teacher Speaks

When mighty Harvard accepts a boy, he considers himself among the ablest high school seniors in the land. This popular idea cuts little ice with Schoolmaster Philip Marson, who prepared generations of Harvard men at famed Boston Latin School, the nation's oldest public school, which last week celebrated its 325th birthday. Marson's contention: Harvard's entrance requirements are at a record low. And the effect on Boston Latin—and all U.S. secondary schools—is disastrous.

Three years ago Marson quit Boston Latin after teaching English there for 31 years (TIME, March 10, 1958). He left with a...

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