constant air of self-congratulation…
THE LOGICAL IMPERATIVE
I was impressed by Professor Abbott’s address (“The
Zen of Education,” October/03). But he should not have
so completely discounted the importance of acquiring foundational
cognitive skills or the University’s role in that acquisition.
In BiSciII, we took a short subcourse in logical thinking, which
has been of tremendous practical value to me in every aspect of
my life from evaluating lawyers and witnesses to arguing with my
The year was 1946, and the year is relevant.
We read (not about) Marx, Hitler, and Stalin as well as the great
democrats. The message did not need to be articulated: the civilized
man refutes bad speech, he does not suppress it. I wonder whether
that message has been lost in today’s colleges where most
faculty and students seem to march in ideological lockstep, and
one reads of drowning out speech that diverges from the orthodox,
and politically incorrect student publications being stolen and
Harry F. Brauer, PhB’47
Green Valley, Arizona
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