Books: The Need for Laughter

A PERFECT EDUCATION by Kenneth E. Eble. 215 pages. Macmillan. $5.95.

Love, learning—and life—are what education is all about; yet somehow U.S. schools never quite get really involved in any of them. So says Kenneth Eble, 42, the ebullient chairman of the English department at the University of Utah, who takes whimsical yet passionate whacks at his own profession but never falls into the academic solemnities that riddle most books of this kind. "To learn," writes Eble, "is to love." Students ought to revel in discovery, he adds, but educators, from grade to grad school, have a knack for taking most...

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