Education: Two Perceptions

Most Americans view campus tumult through one lens: the press. How should that lens be adjusted? At its annual convention in Manhattan last week, the American Newspaper Publishers Association heard notable answers from two outspoken educators—each of whom expressed a totally different perception of the current student generation.

According to S.I. Hayakawa, president of San Francisco State College, "there is something very pernicious about liberal arts education." Recalling that privileged youths were the first to receive such training, he warned that students who consider themselves "educated to rule" are the first to display "contempt for middle-class values." The "aristocratic, elitist bent" of...

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