Education: Nationalism Is Not Enough

Seventy-five of the world's leading scholars, poets and philosophers gathered in Princeton last week. They were there to help 200-year-old Princeton honor its own past by planning for the world's future. The problem: what is a university's responsibility to One World? The visitors (and such local talent as Albert Einstein) argued for three days, in lecture halls and over coffee. Nationalism came in for some heavy blows from everybody.

"All of us," said Professor Garrett Mattingly of Manhattan's Cooper Union, "recognize the tendency of the emotionally naive ... to distort history into patriotic...

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