Education Should be Expensive

A strident trumpet took up the what's-wrong-with-our-colleges refrain. New York University's Professor of Philosophy Sidney Hook, in a new book (Education for Modern Man, Dial; $2.75), blew a sweet note for John Dewey and experimental education, a sour blast for Chicago's Robert Hutchins and the classic tradition.

Says Hook: "Whatever a liberal education is, few American colleges offer it." Only "educational quacks," Hook adds, share the St. John's and Chicago faith in the classics as a storehouse of answers to man's perennial problems. It is "hazardous ... to lay down an ideal education for all men, at all times, everywhere."

Hook calls narrow...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!