Education: Chicago Rumble

"We have sifted out the substance from the shadow left over undergraduate education by the sainted Bob Hutchins," said a University of Chicago official. Last week an era ended at the undergraduate college that once doted on the innovations of Chicago's ex-Chancellor Robert Maynard Hutchins. Out went the exciting theories and in swept a hardheaded, quick-witted new dean of the college, Oxford-trained Historian Alan Simpson, 46. After nearly 30 years of following the Hutchins line, the college was back to orthodoxy.

Down with Textbooks. When Bob Hutchins arrived in 1929, to be president...

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