Education: Antidote for Cynicism

In greeting hordes of freshmen this fall, most college presidents have dusted off the standard speech on the rights of dissenters v. the rights of the community. No. such platitudes for Yale President Kingman Brewster Jr. In his welcoming address to Yale's 1,250 freshmen last week, the Ivy League's least beleaguered president faced up to the root causes of student unrest with candor and conviction.

As Brewster sees it, the key threat on campus today is cynicism—and understandably so. "It is hard not to be cynical when so much of politics seems dominated by...

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