Education: Too Many Masters

Masters' degrees are getting to be as common among scholars as good conduct medals among the military: during the past year the M.A. (in an assortment of more than 55 fields) was awarded to nearly 60,000 people. Last week Dr. Edgar W. Knight, professor of education at the University of North Carolina, told faculty and students of the George Peabody School for Teachers that what the U.S. public now needs is protection from such wholesale handouts.

Most school systems, said Dr. Knight, require a graduate degree for teachers' promotions. "But the source of this degree is not always a serious concern to...

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