Education: Set the Student Free

Are today's students too tightly chained to the textbook and the lecture, too little prodded into original work? Charles Odegaard, dean of the College of Literature. Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan, felt that the answer, when he wrote a special letter to some top members of his faculty in 1955, was yes. "There is a constant threat," he warned his readers, "that our educational practices will be dictated by the lowest common denominator."

Though the university already had a flourishing honors program, Dr. Odegaard felt that something more was needed...

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