Education: Putting Ideas to Work

Fresh ideas abound for U.S. schools, but spreading them is something else again. According to a Columbia University study, it takes something like 15 years for a new teaching concept to reach 3% of the nation's schools, 50 years for it to reach all of them. Last week a small group of researchers calling itself the Educational Research Council of Greater Cleveland was doing its best to hurry the process for suburban schools around the city.

Launched a year ago by George H. Baird, former research head of the Shaker Heights schools, the council...

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