Education: Spurning a Giver

What happens when a philanthropist wants to help activist students? Take the case of John D. Rockefeller III. Long concerned about the gap between businessmen and young people, he set up a task force to advise him. Then last week he appeared at Massachusetts' newly opened Hampshire College to declare that since young people have been committed to solving social problems for some time, "the main responsibility for reconciliation now rests with the Establishment."

Rockefeller backed up his conclusion with an offer of $25,000 to a consortium of students and faculty members from Hampshire and the nearby campuses of Smith, Mt. Holyoke,...

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