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Columnist has refrain that’s heard before

Editor, OBSERVER:

Richard Westlund in his column, “The elusive truth” (June 21) laments: “Our main purpose in education seems to train people to function in society, and how to earn a living. In education circles we have very little to say about how to live that living. We may get into philosophy and psychology later in college, but by that time we are pretty well set in our appraisals of reality.”

Certain secondary school students have read Cicero’s Orations and Virgil’s Aeneid in their third and fourth years of their Latin major. I submit that these efforts address Westlund’s lamentation.

MICHAEL C. BARRIS, Ph.D.,

Fredonia

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