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British Universiis
Described as Excellent
(Continued from Page 3) can university student. In general
should be able to attend a public it probably would be safe to say
university, that a good American graduate
has reached the Part I level, the
In Britain, far more than inexmntnwhc mstBish
the UnitedStates, a college educa- I examination which most British
theUniedStaes a ollgeedua-students face a year before they
tion is the province of an academic graduatse
and intellectual elite with the out-'grad e'
look of specialists. If this seems like a lag, however,
A lit should be attributed not so

Politics Muddles Revision Issue

(Continued from Page 6) nues for highways. and sales tax are those who favor a drastic re-
would all be in jeopardy if the money for schools and local gov- duction in the number of counties
document was subjected to a sud- ernments. and curtailment of the number of
d t u d ufunctions of towynships.
den overhauling," the ' Bureau BUT MORE important to the "Then too there is a desire on
stated. Farm Bureau, some observers the part of certain interests to re-
Taxes are also a major element say, is the maintenance of the vamp provisions relative to legis-
in the objections. Certain inter- ; overwhelming influence rural sec- lative districting and apportion-
ests, the Farm Bureau says, would tions of the state have in the gov- ment, so that representation in
like "to get rid of what remains ernment. i both branches- of the Legislature
of the protection afforded Michi- The Bureau said: "Our mem- would be solely on a population
gan property owners by the 15- bers are greatly concerned that a basis, with no other factors .taken
mill limitation on taxes." Others, general constitutional revision into consideration."
the Bureau says, want to remove might result in lessening the The way the state is appor-
earmarking of gasoline tax reve- power of local government. There ,tioned now, the rural interests
Hall AchIevesa Unique Unity in is

have a disproportionate represen-
tation, according to population, in
the Legislature.
TAGGING ALONG close behind
the Farm Bureau is the Mich-
gan Township Association for
roughly the same reasons.
Its members fear a constitu-
tional convention might change or
revise lucrative revenue sources
and the constitutional independ-
ence of townships or perhaps al-
ter the vast over-representation
townships now have on county
boards of supervisors.
The most vocal group urging a
yes vote on the issue is the League
of Women Voters. It has 3,300
members in 28 Michig an commu-

UNION-All students may use the facilities of the recently completed Union Building for the Univer-
sity of London. However, most of the colleges have their own as well.

A second important difference
stems from the nature of sec-
ondary education in the two coun-
tiles.
For a variety of reasons, Ameri-
can high school students work less
than their British (or European)
counterparts. Poor programs may
further retard the student and
those that enter college do so
knowing relatively little.
The first two years are usually
spent in getting the foundations
of a liberal education, the stand-
ards of which are often not muchI
more than the basic introductoryI
education which a well-prepared
British student will have had be-
fore entering a university. The
American undergraduate, required
to take a wider set of lectures, de-
lays his specialized training.
ANOTHER difference is found
in the relative numbers of per-
sons educated. Less than five per
cent of a given age group in Bri-
tain will attend a college or uni-
versity; the comparable American
figure is probahly closer to twent- -

much to American higher educa-
tion as to the retarding effects of
our elementary and secondary
education. The achievements of
the best American undergraduate,
in other words our academic elite,
compares much more favorably
with that found in the British
universities.
ALTHOUGH British education is
excellent, it does have its de-
fects.
On a practical level, for ex-
ample, the less frequent but all-
important examination is said to
have the advantage of not exam-
ining the student prematurely and
giving him the opportunity for
more extensive reading.
Nevertheless, it tends to be
thought of as an end and not a
means to a greater degree than in
this country where individual blue-
books and final examinations have
much less importance.
A second type of criticism has
larger ramifications. It might be

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(Continued from Page 7) sides of things, the things that are work is admirable and it now must nities, organized to "promote in-
The second section of the book there." appear obvious, even to the most formed participation by citizens
is just that kind of affirmative In the whole volume and es- skeptical, that Mr. Hall is no long- in government."
statement. pecially in the second half, the er testing his wings; he is using The League claims a conven-
Some of the most sensitive and technique and craft of poetry have them. The "Sestina" suggested by tion is the best way to revise the
grown and matured since the pub- Ezra Pound's sestina, was pub- constitution because it offers:
Probing poetry is to Abe found here 'isediarlerinoananholgyxndltme oadnth jo;roporuniyst
in this section on "Men Alone." lication of Exiles and Marriages. earlier in an anthology and time to do the job opportunity to
The majority of the poems in this While the metrics are much is a tour de force of technical review the whole constitution;
part are intimate yet objective more subtle there is a real danger control coupled with content complete revision in one opera-
statements of life which touch the that the line will drift from the I delegates of high caliber who
universals in human experience. j prose-like to the prose. The dis- BECAUSE this volume is not just will be less susceptible to political
Like Browning, Mr. Hall takes tinction is a fine one but a dis- a book of poetry but rather, the pressures than officials subject to
real delight in portraying char- tnction none-the-less and it will credo of a man who has a per- r
acter and concept through charac- be interesting to see what direc- sonal and compelling tongue, a
ter. However, there are many dill- tion his future work takes. language of his own, the small BEYOND the curious mixture of
er ences and one of the most imp-things he might have done more political parties and pressure
portant ones is the difference in NE F THE most notiableofjskillfully can be overlooked. groups in this issue is the dich-
approach. Browning portrays the ON O Ticeae of The continuity of idea and otomy among the state politicians
aprach.Browning aprtra thethe changes in style and tech- theme is unusual in a volume of that has caused a strange tongue-
psychological aspects of charac- nique is the abandonment of what peradi snttu fM.I__________ ____
ter while Mr. Hall concentrates on -- poetry, and it is not true of Mr.
tesrwilen Mr Hallccentes tron can facetiously be referred totas Hall, whatever may be said of the
description of 'attitude to throw the 'ugly couplet,' and while this yone eeaino otta
light on the idea he is driving at. is not seriously put, it is seriously hunger generation of poets, that
their works are more impressive
intended. Its very occasional use collectively than individually.
JT IS NATURAL that the subjects is enjoyable but more than one On the contrary, it is only by
of poetry are such abstract yet or two in a short volume become seeing this small collection of his
real things as love, loneliness, and less than exciting, recent poems that we can truly
death. As to rhyme, it is judiciously see this poet's work in any kind
It is the poet who must see them used when needed and judiciously of perspective, and this collection
with new eyes and bring them to avoided when wise. The predilec- is impressive. Above all else, it
life again, whole and fresh. Again tion at times for rhyme is best strikes one that it is the work of
they must become vital and im- put in his own words when he a civilized, sensitive, and creative
mediate and in this, Mr. Hall suc- says, "there are times/ when it man.
ceeds very well. Always, he ap- seems highly serious to catch/ the He has earned his "honest eye"
proaches them with the intent.to indeterminate between two and created a poetry both mature
break into "the structure of rhymes." and without pose or pretense. It
things/ by repeated peed and However, the subordination of is his lucid insight and clarity of E
force in order to lay bare/ in technical devices to the meaning purpose which distinguishes Mr.
words, naturally, unworded/ in- and intent df the poems in the new Hall as a poet of stature,

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five per cent and this excludesistoo selet hatit isneg
those enrolled in technical schools Ing a large group of students,
and teacher's colleges. potentially able to contribute a
great deal, yet not outstanding
It follows that the average edu- ;enough to be part of the select few
cational achievements of a British given university training.
undergraduate who is already part universality of education is a
of a select group will be higher goal important to any democracy,
than those of the average Amern- but how far can quantity and
l quality be mixed?

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(Continued from Page 2)
Confession," and "The Red'
Lamp." For readers who enjoy
the Had-I-But-Known school of
detection, the charm will still lie
on these stories even after thirty
years.
Ex-Ann Arborite Ross Macdon-
ald (Kenneth Millar), highly re-
garded present-day exponent of
what has been called the "Hard-
Boiled" detective story is back
with a new tale The Doomsters,
(Knopf, 251 pp., $2.95).
The detective, Lew Archer, gets
tied up in a West Coast thesis
story, and, as will happen so oft-
en, the philosophy and detection
don't mix. It's a hard kind of
story to write, and Chandler's the
last person I recall whb did it
well,
--Donald Yates

MICHIGAN, and other univer-
sities like it, may have at least
part of the answer in developing
honors programs to challenge the
minds of the exceptional students
while educating the average as
well.
Perhaps the British could afford
to open higher education to a
larger group. To be sure, it would
mean a lowering of average stand-
ards, but the impetus to British
society might be worth it, espe-
cially if the currently high stand-
ards could be retained for those
able to meet them.
If this is a weakness, it should
not dim the overall excellence of
British education. American uni-
versities have experimented boldly
in offering education to the largest
possible number of people.
Together with our elementary
and secondary schools, they face
a challenge at a time when it is
so important that our best minds
be developed fully.

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