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March 1960

The Pursuit of Excellence: Education and the Future of America; Panel on Education.

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Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc. Price, 75 cents. Pp. 49, with 3 charts. Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, N.Y., 1958.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(3):496-497. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270150150018

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In our day of burgeoning committees, of scientific teamwork with crews of technicians and representatives of many disciplines assailing the unknown, where togetherness thrives and a sharp sensitivity to the impression one is making on others leads to "other directedness," the plight and posture of education have been assailed on all sides. Now, in the third year of the age of sputnik we have seen diagnosticians of all varieties prying into the educational pie. Many prescriptions have been concocted in a curious polypharmacy for the restitution or salvation of our schools and colleges. Many of the experts dealing with these problems have no more justification for posing as experts than we find in the classic definition of a consultant as someone who comes from a distant city. I submit that the pursuit of excellence is a question of morals and that perhaps excellence is something more than is stated in

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