Expert Sees No Need For Formal Course On Marriage Issues
Admitting "a great need for more information on the problems of marriage," Mrs. Thelma G. Alper, lecturer on psychology, discounts the desirability of a formal academic course here on the subject. She vigorously denies the sweeping assertion of surveys showing that college graduates more unsuccessful matches than today's par for Reno.
Her argument is not "study nature, not books," but the fact that much of the material inevitably filling such a subject is already covered in the offerings already in the catalogue. She cites as an example her own course on the Development of the Child.
With a heavy spring enrollment of anxious veteran parents, Mrs. Alper found the content of the course as much bringing up father as the care and feeding of infants.
Mrs. Alper also observed that it would be hard to reconcile a utilitarian topic such as marriage, evaluating who washes and who drys, at "a place such as Harvard, which is supposedly a liberal arts college, and has always shied away from the applied."