Colleges: Happiness Is Your Own Carrel

A coed slides into a plastic chair in a soft green three—sided cubicle, consults a mimeographed list, flips a switch, sees a red light blink, dials 1-2-2, pulls on earphones. Into the headset flows the voice of her political science professor, then Adlai Stevenson on the meaning of democracy, finally a discussion of freedom by New York University's Sidney Hook—and thus ends Lecture 1, Second Semester, Political Science 113.

An electronic approach to teaching at M.I.T.? A far-out experiment at Goddard? Not at all. This is 15-year-old Oklahoma Christian College, a theologically conservative, Churches of Christ-run school, which, though academically...

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