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June 1961

A Citizens Manual for Public Schools: A Guide for School Board Members and Other Laymen

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(6):960. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620060160028

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The Council for Basic Education has made a real effort to reverse the jelly-like program of the permissive educationists who control the bulk of American public schools. What had begun as rearguard action after sputnik, now takes on signs of a very powerful battle. Under the auspices of the Council for Basic Education a number of books and pamphlets have been issued. This one, A Citizens Manual for Public Schools, is a forthright discussion of what could be called the decline and fall of standards in public education in this country with suggestions for restoring standards of respectability. Having to deal daily with a certain amount of linguistic chaos, I am not surprised to discover that the Iowa Department of Public Instruction in a handbook for English is quoted as listing a number of examples of poor usage (such as: he must do like you say, who do you want?,

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