Education: The Doffed Line

Years after the squabble seemed to have been won, U.S. colleges and universities last week were skirmishing with their old hoodoo, the loyalty oath. Source of the trouble: a paragraph in last summer's $887 million National Defense Education Act, which provides that to qualify for a loan or fellowship, a student must 1) swear allegiance to the U.S., and 2) affirm that he "does not believe in, and is not a member of and does not support any organization that believes in or teaches the overthrow of the U.S. Government by force or violence...

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