Education: How to Be Respectable

Two years ago a British wit named Stephen Potter published a little book called The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship (TIME, Sept. 6, 1948)—a waggish study of how to win games "without actually cheating." Last week, in School and Society, a U.S. dean did much the same thing for "Academic Respectability"—how to attain it without actually knowing how to teach. If members of the profession will only follow a few simple rules, writes Dean H. T. Morse of the University of Minnesota's General College, such respectability is assured.

The first thing, says the dean, is to ditch class discussion and stick to...

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