Education: Bigger--but Better?

Not many people have managed to wade through the six-volume, 160,000-word report of Harry Truman's Commission on Higher Education. One who has is Robert Maynard Hutchins, chancellor of the University of Chicago. His comments, published in last week's Saturday Review of Literature, were, as usual, pungent and provocative. The commission, said he, "is confident that vices can be turned into virtues by making them larger. Its heart is in the right place; its head does not work very well.

"The cry is 'more': more money, more buildings, more professors, more students, more everything. The educational system is taken as given. It may...