Education: Find Your Own Answers

Under Chancellor Robert Hutchins ("The truth is everywhere the same"), University of Chicago students have been learning to hunt for clear-cut philosophies and final answers. Last week, Chicago students were being baffled, but rather excited, too, by a visiting intellectual with a different teaching method. Poet T. S. Eliot, Chicago's guest for six weeks of lectures and poetry seminars, had stated his position at a student reception on arrival. "I am not," said Poet Eliot, "very good at answers."

In his lectures ("The Aims of Education"), Eliot had pretty much lived up to his disclaimer, posing provocative problems, and then nimbly backing...

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