Letter to the Editor:
I am writing in angry response to the article published July 11 entitled "Soviets Join Americans in Teaching Exchange," in which I was badly misrepresented. As a member of the board of directors of the organization which arranged the Soviet Teacher Exchange, and in fact as a member of the delegation which first delivered the proposal to Moscow, I am strongly in favor of the exchange and its potential for greater cooperation in language teaching and delighted that it could be implemented so quickly. Yet the remarks attributed to me in the article gave exactly the opposite impression. The quotations were taken completely out of the contexts in which they were offered and by the phrasing of the article into which they were set became negative and offensive. I am incredulous as the dishonesty of the reporter's selection and can only apologize for my own naivete in having agreed to an interview in the first place.
P.R. Chaput, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature.