Education: Useless Knowledge

Discouraged by a steady decline in the number of U. S. students studying languages, and by the racial and religious discriminations against teachers in other lands —which they deplored*—2,500 members of the Modern Language Association met for their 55th convention last week in Manhattan. On hand to comfort them with a puckish ode to "useless knowledge" was Dr. Joseph Wood Krutch, literary critic and English professor at Columbia University.

"You have at the present time," said he, "a new reason for being proud. The scholar is supposed to be a man who has...

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