Friday, December 26, 2014


The Progress of American Education

Alston Hurd Chase (1906-1994), Time Remembered (San Antonio: Parker Publishing Inc., 1994), p. 3:
I must make one other comment upon my grandfather and his brothers. I recently found a number of their letters to their father and to one another. The orthography is faultless, the style, though slightly formal by modern standards, is natural and always clear. This provokes some musing upon the progress of American education, for these men had no schooling beyond that of a simple, one-room country schoolhouse, whereas vast numbers of today's graduates from our large and costly high schools are unable to write a simple declarative sentence or correctly maintain a checking account.

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