Education: Clear and Distinct

Ever since Robert Maynard Hutchins became president of big University of Chicago in 1929, he has enjoyed himself tremendously. He reduced the term of Chicago's undergraduate course from four years to whatever length of time a clever student might need to lope through it, ignored critics outside the University, passionately upheld the banner of academic freedom. Many a Chicago teacher, however, has been disconcerted by "Bob" Hutchins' exuberance, his insistence that colleges should present their students with "clear and distinct ideas."

Last week 37-year-old President Hutchins returned to Yale to lecture his alma mater on what ought to be done about...

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