Education: Anvil or Hammer?

For the 14-year-old struggling with French and algebra, the college professor caught up in academic trivia, the parent getting a loan to pay tuition, even for a nation that would think clearly through threat and danger, education's main goals frequently get obscured by education's trappings. Last week John Kennedy, at his best in grace and spontaneous eloquence, defined the educated man's duties to his country as the President sees them.

Warmed by a docile sun, pensive in cap and gown, Kennedy rose to speak before 40,000 students and townspeople in the University of North Carolina's football stadium at Chapel Hill. He was...

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