Education: English Written Here

"Writing is fast becoming the lost activity in the educational process." Last week this statement by able Dean of Admissions Eugene S. Wilson of Amherst College sparked significant action at the annual meeting of the powerful College Entrance Examination Board in Manhattan. Speaking for 15 New England colleges, Dean Wilson had a fairly startling suggestion: add an English essay question to C.E.E.B.'s objective-question tests, the chief divining rod for admission to 287 U.S. colleges and universities. With some misgivings, the meeting finally approved Dean Wilson's urgent proposal. Result: next year, after a decade of multiple-choice questions, the famed "College Boards" will...

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