Education: Know the Truth

When U.S. educators recite their favorite injunction, "Know the truth, and the truth shall make you free," what sort of truth do they mean? Last week, in his annual report to the Carnegie Foundation, President Oliver C. (for Cromwell) Carmichael, ex-Chancellor of Vanderbilt University and long a ranking U.S. educator himself, gives his own blistering answer to the question. In the course of his answer, he flatly accuses his fellow educators of too often confusing truth with a collection of undigested facts.

The average history textbook, for instance, "which so often determines the...

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