Education: Oxford Without Sherry

Oxonian wits used to say, "At Cambridge they have beer and talk, at Oxford sherry and conversation." But the old saw has lost its teeth: at Oxford last week there was practically no sherry, only a little beer, and not even much talk. Everybody was too busy swotting (Oxonian for hitting the books). It was also a week in which Oxford took one more long step away from its classical past.

The old Oxford had always been a young Oxford, with plenty of time for parties, pranks, and a leisurely "education for the whole man." Now the average undergraduate is 26, with...

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