Our distinguished contemporary, the Boston Evening Transcript, contributes the cogent criticism on current American education which is reprinted in an adjoining column. The pegs upon which hang the editorial reasoning are two. First, "we do not pay successful educators salaries that will enable them to live decently." Second, "The essential fault of our national attitude toward education is our disposition to regard it as a commodity like any other", and that "average college graduates probably reached a higher level when Emerson, Holmes, Lowell and Felton were coming out of the modest institutions of an earlier day."
The underpayment for learning, the overpayment for size, both of these are so well known that they have become the standard tocsins of educational reform from coast to coast. The Transcript is eminently right, and if, in its editorial, the second point is so little clarified as to appear inconsistent with the first, that condition may fairly be ascribed to the eager haste with which the writer has rushed to the support of measures which have been written and agitated for so extensively during the past decade rather than to any immaturity of understanding in educational problems.