Education: Following Whose Nose?

Significant words were spoken last week by the businesslike head of a businesslike U.S. university. Said President Robert Gordon Sproul (rhymes with owl) of the University of California: "About 50 years ago, under the leadership of President Eliot of Harvard University, higher education swung over almost completely to the free elective system, and primary and secondary education transferred control of the school in large part from the teachers to the pupils. Students of all ages were encouraged to follow their highly efficient noses into snap courses and vocational courses, into courses that came in the afternoon and thus permitted long morning...

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