Education: The Russian System

A big and somewhat frightening book last week gave President Kennedy a text for the opening announcement at his news conferences. The book was the National Science Foundation's last-word analysis of the Soviet system of education, which reports that Russia's much publicized output of scientists and engineers has "markedly accelerated."

Kennedy reported that in contrast to the Soviet effort, U.S. universities are now enrolling and graduating fewer students in engineering, biological and physical sciences than in the peaks of recent years. At a time when the need for highly skilled Americans is sharply...

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