Education: New Look at Wesleyan

"The greatest single failure of American colleges is that so many students have not found education meaningful in their own lives." With this mouthful, the president of Connecticut's small (800 men) Wesleyan University in Middletown recently tackled a national question: If college students are brighter than ever, why are they "silent" and "apathetic"?

Leathery, blue-eyed Victor L. Butterfield, 56, is no man to blame The Bomb or The Affluent Society. The main cause of student lethargy, says he, is the "paternalistic" U.S. system of spoon-fed lectures and assembly-line grading. "We treat students...

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