Education: Ethical Mistiness

Few Americans agree on what education is or should be. Throughout the U.S. last week, the West Point scandal (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) was raising dust storms of argument. The dust might obscure the old, sphinxlike questions, but it blended nicely with the U.S. moral climate—which Americans in general found squally, humid and oppressively misty. And obviously education had something to do with that ethical mistiness. Nearly everybody —from editorial writers to policemen—had something to say on the subject.

The New York World-Telegram and Sun called "for a rebirth of ethics on American campuses." To the studentweekly at the University of Virginia, the...

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