Education: Hutchins v. Melby

In educational philosophy the University of Chicago and Northwestern University are separated by a far greater distance than the few miles that lie between their campuses. Even farther apart are Chicago's young president. Robert Maynard Hutchins, who likes Plato, and the dean of Northwestern's School of Education, Ernest Oscar Melby, who likes John Dewey. Last week these two opponents were brought together in Chicago's Mandel Hall, jampacked with professors and students, to debate Dr. Hutchins' widely discussed educational theories, which in essence mean return to a classical curriculum. Dr. Hutchins won most of...

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