Education: New Deal in Britain

This week Britain reached a major milestone in its educational history. On April 1 "the greatest Education Act ever known in these islands" went into effect: 1) it raises the period of compulsory school attendance, eventually, to age 16 fulltime, part-time to 18; 2) it provides the widest choice of curricula for all; 3) it sets up almost extravagant standards for new school buildings—of which there will be hundreds.

When Minister of Education Richard Austin Butler started to lay his plans shortly after the Act was passed last year, he ran smack into the...

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