Education: Brilliant Critic

John Andrew Rice is a maverick among U.S. educators. By his own account, only one man ever understood him—old Philosopher John Dewey. A stormy petrel wherever he taught, Dr. Rice quarreled with the University of Nebraska, was kicked out of Rollins College (TIME, June 19, 1933), two years ago abruptly severed relations with his own dream college, North Carolina's Black Mountain. Now the professor is back in the news with a Harper prize book, I Came Out of the 18th Century ($3). His brooding, mordant autobiography reveals him as a brilliant critic of teaching and an acid critic of teachers.

At Rollins,...

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