Teaching: Putting Sociology into English

In a brave thrust at sociological jar gon, Professor Alan Simpson, who next year will become president of Vassar College, once transfixed students at Washington University in St. Louis by putting the 23rd Psalm into educanto.

"The Lord is my external-internal integrative mechanism," he droned. "I shall not be deprived of gratifications for my viscerogenic hungers or my need-dispositions. He motivates me to orient myself towards a nonsocial object with effective significance. He positions me in a nondecisional situation. He maximizes my adjustment."

Now Washington U. is maximizing its need-dispositions by launching a somber project with a slightly hilarious...

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