Education: First Casualties

When the Massachusetts Legislature decided to require an oath of loyalty from every teacher in the State, a host of angry professors, led by impulsive Harvard Geologist Kirtley Mather, galloped out to do battle for the cause of academic freedom (TIME, Oct. 19). Because their universities dared not follow, the professors presently scampered back, took their oaths.

Last week, while Professor Mather fulminated from the security of his classroom, the first two casualties in the Battle of the Oath occurred at nearby Tufts College (Medford). Both were department chairmen. Rather than sign...

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