The Nongraded High School

The Nongraded High School

The Nongraded High School

The Nongraded High School

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In September, 1957, many Americans pictured Russia as a vast slum composed largely of baggy-trousered peasants who couldn't make a decent refrigerator or automobile. On October 4, 1957, when the Russians placed the first manmade hardware in orbit around the earth, this illusion exploded into bleak reality.

The American people were staggered. The Eisenhower administration was in serious trouble--but not for long. Within weeks the nation was given to understand that the school teachers were to blame. America had fallen behind because John Dewey's fuzzy-minded disciples had failed to teach children enough science. Suddenly, American secondary education became our national embarrassment.

The effect of the breakthrough in satellite technology and the subsequent criticism has been to make education all the rage. Experimentation has become a viable notion in a traditionally conventional enterprise. The problem is that we are moving in a confused direction. What education needs is not . . .

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