Education: Fossilized Europeans?

Again & again during his 13 months as a visiting lecturer in Continental universities (The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Belgium), Perry Miller, professor of American literature at Harvard, felt distinctly uneasy. Between the educated American and the educated European there seemed to stand an intellectual wall that made real understanding impossible. Was it the fault of U.S. education, which his European friends called "superficial and materialistic"? Not at all, declares Miller in the current Atlantic Monthly, the fault is European.

Unlike the American, says Miller, the university-educated European is fiercely jealous of his position. Whether the university man is French or Dutch or...

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