The Nation: Second-Degree Diligence

Thirty-year-old Victor Taylor has achieved an exceptional academic record, and last week he was granted an M.A. degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University. The subject of his thesis: Anti-Deviant Aggression and Self-Absolution. Two years ago, Taylor earned his B.A. magna cum laude from the same college—completing his degree in a remarkable 21 months (TIME, Oct. 16, 1972). His scholastic achievements qualify him for a number of jobs in teaching or community mental health, and he would probably have little trouble gaining admission to a Ph.D. program. But for the moment at least, these options are closed to Taylor, and...

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