Summer 1944 • Vol. VI No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1944 |

Dr. Leavis’ English School

Education and the University by F. R. Leavis. Chatto and Windus. London. 6s. We talked of the education of children; and I asked him what he thought was best to teach them first. JOHNSON. "Sir, it is no matter what you teach them first, any more than what leg you shall put into your breeches first. Sir, you may stand disputing which is best to put in first, but in the mean time your breech is bare. Sir, while you are considering which of two things you should teach your child first, another boy has learnt them both.” July 26, 1763. Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson. Speaking of education, and the talk surrounding the subject of education in this country today, "another boy” seems to be the perennially youthful and active Dr. Robert M. Hutchins of the University of Chicago, who has certainly learned a way of taking the initiative. After him, the floods are open, and however much harm or good may come from so much talk, he has cheerfully stationed himself upon an extrem

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