Education: Bad Fad

If you want three different answers to the question—"What's education for?"—ask three different educators. But, by & large, the "liberal arts" colleges believe that education should be for general culture, not specific training. Even in the liberal arts colleges, however, the present-day undergraduates gravitate toward courses that look as if they would pay off quicker in the graduate world.

Princeton's President Harold W. Dodds recognizes the tendency in his own college, and he doesn't like it. In his annual report to the trustees this week, President Dodds deplored what he called "a flight from the humanities." Twenty-five years ago, 44% of Princeton...

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