Education: Sic Transit?

The officer in charge of university entrance examinations at Cambridge said tolerantly: "This proposal has been brought up intermittently for over the last 100 years. I don't imagine the arguments have changed much." The proposal: drop Cambridge's stringent entrance rule requiring knowledge of Latin or Greek. It had been put forward most recently in 1948, when the dons voted it down 250-155, and the clamor against enforced classicism was going strong again last week. Most clangorous clamorer: gadfly-sized (5 ft. 5 in., 150 lbs.), distinguished Cambridge Author-Astronomer Raymond Arthur Lyttleton (who lists among his recreations, in Who's Who, "wondering about it...

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