Of Thee I Sing


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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:

I agree with both Mr. Sharpe and you that a college education should be limited to those who are intellectually able to take advantage of it, but I object most emphatically to the assumption, which you make, that the rich have a monopoly on intelligence; nothing could be more false. It has been, and ought to remain, the glory of American education that the poor boy of intelligence has been able to gain an education and thereby, not only better his own condition, but also often contribute to our civilization and culture. It is not, in my opinion, at all desirable that Harvard should "come in time to play the aristocratic role in American life which Oxford and Cambridge have so long filled in the life of England." Harvard has long been recognized as the intellectual leader of American education. . . why sacrifice that for the sake of being a rich man's club, the patrimony of a would be aristocracy? W. Wingate Snell 3G.

(Ed. Note--The CRIMSON, as a perusal of the editorial in question shows, did not make the assumption that "the rich have a monopoly on intelligence.")