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To the Editor of the Crimson:
Perhaps the selections from President Conant's report published in the Crimson were misleading, but I understand him to have said that enrollments should be cut because a growing percentage of university graduates are unemployed. I cannot see how that has anything to do with the problem. One might just as well say that we should abolish high schools because so many high school graduates are unemployed.
The success of a democracy depends upon the education of its people. . . . By education I do not mean technical training. Nothing can ever replace the well rounded cultural education which alone can form the basis for a full life and sound political judgment. . . . America today is materially richer than any civilization has perhaps ever been, but we are spiritual paupers and no one can deny it.
If university graduates are unemployed it is serious, but it is certainly not the fault of the universities. It is only through education that we can ever get rid of unemployment. That he may not get a position is a chance a student will have to take. What is necessary is that each one realizes that a degree does not guarantee a job. Education never has been necessary to make money, but that in no way diminishes its value. To cut enrollments, even in law school, would not only be unfair to those who can and want to have such an education but would hurt the profession as well. Who can tell beforehand who will be a success and who not? Such things are never measured in school. William Hinton '41