Education: The Light That Failed

When Roy G. Jacobsen, 26, of Long Valley, N.J., switched from Dartmouth to Columbia University in 1951, he had some pretty exalted notions about what he was after. He wanted nothing less than to arn all about truth, understanding, integrity, enlightenment, justice, liberty, courage, honesty and critical judgment—the very virtues he saw extolled on countless plaques and friezes about Columbia's campus. But after searching for the light, first a physics and then as an English major, Jacobsen gave up. In his senior year, he flunked four courses, and the college refused to give...

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