The Many Defeats of the Schools

A friend of mine recently directed me to an obscure old piece from The Atlantic published in 1939, entitled “The Defeat of the Schools” by James L. Mursell. I find the piece fascinating in no small part because the critique it makes of American school systems is more or less synonymous with the modern critique.  All of which raises an interesting question–is the perceived decline in educational standards overestimated, or has it been going on for much longer than most people think?

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