Education: Literate but Ignorant

More than ever before, educators and politicians across the nation were using commencement platforms as sounding boards for political and economic remedies for an ailing world. The men who did included George Marshall, William Bullitt, and Under Secretary of State Dean Acheson (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). Only a few were old fashioned enough to avoid the merely topical, and even fewer managed to talk of commencement's traditional theme—the way to an intelligent and useful life—without bogging into platitude.

One who succeeded was Carter Davidson, 41, president of Schenectady's Union College. Said he, at the...

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