Academic Policy: The Eye or the Finger?


In colonial Williamsburg, where Thomas Jefferson submitted a visionary plan for common schools that would provide for "more general diffusion of knowledge" in 1779, Lyndon Johnson last week called the persistence of worldwide illiteracy one of "the shocking facts of the 20th century." Eloquently addressing some 150 of the world's most distinguished scholars at an international conference on the world crisis in education, Johnson deplored the fact that man's "awesome talent for destruction" still competes with his "determination to build." He posed, as a key question of the age: "Can we train a young man's eye to absorb learning...

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