Letters, Jul. 18, 1960

The Gloomy Deans

Sir:

I read the Education section, which had to do with speeches to various graduating classes by the heads of Harvard, M.I.T. and Princeton, and my feelings on finishing were those of dismay, disillusionment, disappointment and disgust, with a touch of nausea.

The whining, defeatism, "crybaby" tone common to all these speeches is certainly unbecoming to men of such stature, and surely unworthy in men to whom we have formerly looked for guidance to the young generation.

We would expect such drivel from the beatniks who are said to inhabit the cellars...

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