Children and their Primary Schools was published last year under the auspices of the English Central Advisory Council on Education. It was prepared by a distinguished committee chaired by Lady Plowden, and its aim was to present both a survey of the state of primary school education in England and a blueprint for reform. Although the Plowden Report has aroused little discussion in American journals, we feel it has considerable relevance for both classroom practice and educational research in this country. Therefore, we have invited Joseph Featherstone,Associate Editor of The New Republic and author of a celebrated series of articles on "The Primary School Revolution in England," and David Cohen,principal author of the recent report on racial isolation of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to deal respectively with the pedagogical and research implications of the Plowden Report for American educators.

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