Education: Experiment Surveyed

No modern Athens is Madison, Wis.; nor is the University of Wisconsin's Dr. Alexander Meiklejohn a Socratic humbler for whom the hemlock cup awaits. But Wisconsin may look at Greece. To do so it opened in 1927 an Experimental College, whose 100-odd students wore Athenian owls on their blazers, gathered in earnest groups to study, first, the Greece of Pericles' Age, then America of the last century. Viewing the two whole, the students might learn to think and live wisely against their contemporary background. So...

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