Requiem for Defunct Magazines

Many of the education magazines to which I subscribed over the last half-century have died; some were reborn with new ideological or educational commitments, accompanied by a change of name. Indeed, I edited one which underwent a name-change though retaining, I believe, its basic educational philosophy. The reasons for these closures or transformations were varied and often inter-related. Financial difficulties could be sparked by a fall in readership, sometimes in turn associated with a change in the community’s or a sub-group’s worldview. Capture by a rival faction or disputes within an editorial group were other sources of malaise. All the…

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