Education: Arma Virumque Cano

For most U.S. schoolboys, Greek and Latin are languages not only dead but buried. But New Hampshire's famed Phillips Exeter Academy still compels all its 730 boys to study one or the other for two years.

Last week the Exonian, the Academy's student paper, had the horrors over a belated discovery: the faculty had quietly abolished this classics requirement, beginning next fall. The paper splashed across Page One an "open letter to the trustees" signed by the Exonian's President John Cowles Jr., 17. (Among the trustees is his father, part owner of the Minneapolis Star-Journal, the Des Moines Register & Tribune, and...

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