Education: Invitation Only

Since he first started reading Shakespeare on TV, Professor Frank Baxter of the University of Southern California (TIME, April 11) has won the dubious title of "The Liberace of the Library."

But Liberace, according to Baxter, is no substitute for the old-fashioned liberal arts. In This Week magazine, Baxter bluntly warns the nation: turn off that TV set and "wake up and read."

"Your television set is not a vending machine for higher learning. It can, at best, be an invitation to knowledge. That in itself is very much . . . But the coaxial cable alone will not pump culture into anyone's...

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