Education: Unworkable Formula

When Senator Robert Taft expressed himself on the subject of Communist teachers (TIME, March 2), many a broad-minded educator approved his formula. A teacher, said Taft, should not be fired simply for being a Communist—unless he was actually trying to indoctrinate his students. Last week, in the New Leader, one educator took a hard second look. The Taft formula, said New York University's Sidney Hook, would never work.

Though no advocate of the current congressional investigations of U.S. campuses, Hook himself believes that membership in the Communist Party automatically disqualifies a teacher. But assuming that it does not, says he, there is...

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