Education: Baffling for Britons

After more than ten years of teaching English literature at Chicago and Cornell, Critic David Daiches of Cambridge University feels sure of one thing: to a Briton, life in the English department of a U.S. university is often a trifle strange. In the Manchester Guardian Weekly, Daiches (rhymes with Hs) describes some of the things that baffle:

> The freshman English course, "which is designed to teach the effective handling of the English language as a means of expression and communication. We would regard this as fourth and fifth form stuff, and indeed it is; but it is necessary because of the...

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