Education: Frenzy at U. Mass.

Forgettable used to be the word for the University of Massachusetts School of Education. Like many such trade schools, it trained teachers in stale methods and lacked a complete graduate program. Then, two years ago, the university turned the place over to a frenetic professor of education from California named Dwight W. Allen. Ever since, it has hurtled into experiments that could turn U.S. teachers into models of sensitivity−or cause the school to selfdestruct.

The ambitious son of a successful used-car dealer, Allen, 39, is one of nine American leaders of the Baha'i faith,...

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