Education: Edge of the Wedge

Like everyone else these days, college professors live longer. But that fact has not yet affected campus retirement rules. Somewhere between 65 and 68, no matter how chipper a Chips he may be, he steps down from his lecture platform and says goodbye to his students.

To at least one elder educator, spry, 75-year-old Alvin S. Johnson, president emeritus of Manhattan's New School for Social Research, this sort of thing is preposterous. "All the world knows," says he, "that the intellect does not stop at 65. Why, the best work of Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson, Voltaire, Goethe and Sophocles was done long after!"...

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