It might sound ridiculous, but “potty
parity” is an issue…
Unclouding the issues
Gerald Graff (“Clouding
the Issues,” April/03) is a beacon of light regarding
the problems in higher education. I wish someone could be as lucid
and perceptive describing the problems in and solutions for primary
Some time after reading Allan Bloom’s
Closing of the American Mind, on a chance visit to 57th
Street Books I heard Mr. Graff discussing his first book with
a student. Out of curiosity I glanced at the jacket’s blurb
and bought the book. At the time the “intellectuals”
and would-be intellectuals and even pseudointellectuals (a popular
term in my era) were touting Mr. Bloom’s book.
I felt that Allan Bloom had got it wrong
and that he and his ideas were not the solution but the problem.
Mr. Graff had it right. The failure of my alma mater, which I
dearly love, to keep him indicates that their heads are in the
Seeing many of the developments at the
University of Illinois, Chicago, we in Chicago can be happy that
it is not only a first-class academic center but also has the
potential of becoming a truly top-tier institution.
Eugene L. Balter, AB’50, MD’56