Education: Theory & Practice

During the five-week course just concluded at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, all the rough-and-tumble of tumultuous Jersey politics was aired in the classroom. Under the benign prodding of St. Peter's chairman of political science, a Jesuit priest named Francis P. Canavan, local politicians blabbed trade secrets with such candor that the course drew more than a hundred students from all walks of life, regularly made Jersey headlines.

Guest lecturers took particular delight in separating theory from practice for the benefit of their students. John M. Deegan, Democratic campaign manager for Hudson County, earned the nickname "Honest John" after telling the...

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