Education: In Place of Excellence

Professor Joseph Wood Krutch of Columbia University is willing to agree that this is the Age of the Common Man. But that does not mean that he approves. The trouble is, says Krutch in the current Saturday Review, the Age of the Common Man is rapidly becoming the Age of the Common Denominator.

"When we make ourselves the champion of any particular group," says Krutch, "we almost inevitably begin to idealize that group. From defending the common man we pass on to exalting him, and we find ourselves beginning to imply, not merely that he is as good as anybody else, but...

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