Education: A Canterbury Tale

Most tony U. S. prep schools—such as Phillips Andover and Exeter, St. Paul's, Groton, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Kent—are Protestant, in spirit if not by direct church affiliation. Twenty-five years ago a Jesuit-educated young man named Nelson Hume decided that this was unfair to Roman Catholic boys. In the hills of western Connecticut, not far from Hotchkiss and Kent, he started Canterbury School, where well-to-do Catholic boys, without neglecting their religious training, might prepare for Yale, Princeton, Harvard and Williams with the same swank as their Protestant contemporaries. Last week this Roman Catholic Groton celebrated the success of Nelson Hume's idea.

Dr. Hume had...

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