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In the last month four presumably sane members of American college undergraduate bodies have committed suicide. . . .

The popular cry of "over-education" which always arises after such cases as these is totally mistaken. On the contrary it is under-education. And if undergraduates at American colleges are committing suicide because of under-education, it would seem that there was something a trifle wrong with American colleges. Perhaps the truth lies in the fact, as has been suggested in these columns before, that the modern university emphasizes analysis at the expense of synthesis, that we acquire information but no way of life, that in the maze of contradictory facts and theories which we encounter at this time we are offered no means of giving unity to chaos. The American university will not truly succeed in producing educated men until it quite frankly and without pedantry sets out to teach them "to see life clearly and to see it whole". --The Princetonian.

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