Education: A Jeremiad from Academe

One scholar's case against Government in higher education

The idea seemed cheerful enough to officials of the Government's National Endowment for the Humanities: the honor of giving the eighth annual Jefferson lectures, which NEH sponsors, would go to University of Chicago Sociologist Edward Shils, 68, a world-renowned expert on the role of intellectuals in advanced and developing societies. But Shils chose to compose a jeremiad attacking the Federal Government for interference with higher education. Last week the cries of anguished response stretched all the way back to...

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