If anybody can help make the U.S. Education Commissioner's Office into a real center of influence on America's schools, rather than the wayside information booth it always has been, it is President Kennedy's most recent Harvard appointment. Dean Keppel's creation of intern and team teaching, his guiding of a committee to find a school superintendent for New York (surely the most delicate and trying job to ask of any educator), and his 14-year-long supervision of the University's rapidly growing Graduate School of Education have shown it. He has a clear vision of what urban schools systems could be in this country: strengthened by federal money, freed from provincialisms, and staffed by teachers with palpable incentives to teach; and he has the vigor to persuade other educators of the need for radical reform. One's only fear about the appointment is that the job's wretched history and low status--to which Harvard Deanship itself managed to lend a certain weight--will neutralize his efforts. Secretary Celebrezze, education floor leaders in the Congress, and the President will have to take the new Commissioner seriously, for this alone can compensate for the University's enormous loss.
Harvard Redacts Most Sensitive Admissions Details in Court Filings
Legacy Admit Rate Five Times That of Non-Legacies, Court Docs Show
Harvard Ranks Applicants on 'Humor' and 'Grit,' Court Filings Show
'Z-List' Students Overwhelmingly White, Often Legacies
Revelations in Harvard Admissions Suit Unlikely to Prove Discrimination, Experts Say
From Our Advertisers
Venture University aims to curate and develop emerging investors and entrepreneurs entering the industry.
The Undergraduate Awards Programme 2018, the world’s leading undergraduate academic awards programme, recognises outstanding undergraduate work and shares it with a global audience.
The DigiByte Community Aims to “Do Good, Do Well”
Zambrero opens in Harvard Square and Warwick, Rhode Island, donating a meal to someone in need for every burrito or bowl sold.
The dating app's value proposition: quality over quantity with a machine learning algorithm that provides users with one match each day at noon and a system that allows women to rate the men they date in real life.