Education: Imperishable Thoughts

Most radical and classical is an experiment in U.S. higher education being conducted at little St. John's College (Annapolis, Md.). St. John's is trying a plan advocated by University of Chicago's President Robert Maynard Hutchins, who is also chairman of St. John's governing board. Mr. Hutchins' theory is that the best way to learn to think is to study how great thinkers thought. His plan for a college education: reading and discussing the 100 greatest books of the past.

Last year St. John's redhaired, natty President Stringfellow Barr, ex-Rhodes Scholar and onetime Chicago professor,...

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