Education's Return to Basics

Archive Report

Emergence of Swing Toward Tradition

Causes of Parental Dessatsfaction With Teaching

As the fall school term opens, there is a growing feeling among many parents that the public schools have not paid enough attention to the three traditional standbys—namely reading, writing and arithmetic. On one level, this feeling is related to dissatisfaction with the educational innovations of the 1960s and the belief that the schools have become too permissive. On another level, it is related to the growing mistrust of American institutions in general and the desire to recapture the stable, traditional values that have somehow gotten lost in the shuffle. “Some people are looking for greater regimentation,” said Alonzo Crim, superintendent of schools in Atlanta. “As they view society in somewhat of a shambles, they ...

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