Education: James Joyce v. Whittier

The chief gods of literature in the 1930s —James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein—were historians of decay. Let us cast off these gods, who have injected writers, scholars, schools and schoolboys with meanness, cynicism, defeatism, and restore the true classics to education.

So last week pleaded two scholars at a conference of educators and theologians at Columbia University. They were Professor Douglas Bush of Harvard and Author Van Wyck Brooks (The Flowering of New England).

Said Professor Bush: "The fundamental aim of traditional education was religious, ethical, and civic . . . . The aim and the...

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