Americans have, in recent years, been devoting considerable attention to the education of its youth. In this cogent analysis of the current scene in education, Mr. Newson, the former president of N.Y.U., presents a lucid, balanced summary of what we want in education. He warns that we place so much emphasis upon the institutional aspects of the education process that we have ignored the purpose and meaning of education, that is, the growth and development of the human mind. The author is critical of the so-called liberal education. He underlines the need for a student to understand one subject in depth -- for specialization. It is then that the student develops the necessary logical skills to be able to branch out into related principles and fields of learning. Contemporary insistence on the well-rounded intellect has uprooted the normal growth of knowledge. The latter half of Mr. Newsom's book is devoted to questions of financing education, of the parent's role in the education of his child, and so forth. The author comes to some challenging conclusions about the ills that plague American education. No educator can afford to ignore this book.