Education: Houston: That Word

When George Ebey first arrived in Houston a year ago to be deputy superintendent of schools, the Houston Post reported: "He chuckled at reports circulating here that he will be a storm center, a controversial educator." George Ebey had chuckled too soon.

In Houston, as elsewhere, "controversial" is quite a fighting word. Last year the city's schools banned their annual U.N. essay contest because, in Houston's eyes, the U.N. had become controversial. In 1951 a group of citizens barred Willard Goslin, former superintendent of schools in Pasadena (TIME, Nov. 27, 1950 et seq.), as...

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