Education: Rootless

Is the study of the past getting to be a thing of the past? One man who thinks so is Historian George Barr Carson Jr. of the University of Chicago. If the present trend in U.S. education persists, says he, in the current American Association of University Professors' Bulletin, the study of history may very well disappear completely under the new academic preoccupation with "contemporary living . . .

"Ancient history is a luxury only reluctantly afforded . . . Medieval history is only better off by degree. Both, to be sure, have had the ground cut from under them by the...

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