This is the first in a series of leading articles on the tmerican public schools. HENRY I. WILLETT, a native son of I irginia’s tidewater, has been head of the Richmond, I irginia. public school system since January, 1916. He served as a teaching principal of Sugar Grove School in southwest I irginia, as principal of combined high and elementary schools in Church land and Cradock, and as director of instruction in Augusta (.aunty schools. H hen war workers engulfed the Norfolk County area, bringing with them the problems of swollen enrollments and school and housing shortages, Superintendent II illett began dealing at close hand with urgencies tvliich are no less pressing today.