Johns Hopkins should be cheered fornmaking courageous but unpopular decisions.nThe Times points out that studentsnwill not be able to study some subjectsnat those schools. Put another way, atnissue is “some schools’ ability to maintainntop-quality programs across a widenspectrum of academic disciplines.”nVery few schools, e.g., Berkeley, Wisconsin,nand Harvard, have top-qualitynprograms in many areas. For mostnschools the real issue is having anyntop-quality programs at all. A schoolnthat squanders its limited resources onnmaintaining a life-support system for anprogram that saw its best days decadesnbefore will not have the money for anynfirst-rate programs. I recently read of anstate university salvaging a Ph.D. programnthat had not granted a degree innfive years because “every great universitynshould have a department of X.”nGreat universities should have greatndepartments. Every university shouldnhave some great departments. The resources,nhuman and financial, do notnexist for all universities to support greatndepartments in all areas. The resourcesndo exist to support mediocrity in nearlynevery field. Professional organizationsnput no pressure on schools to maintainnstandards of excellence and creativity.nThey do raise a ruckus when a departmentnthat has given up is eliminated. Itnis a bitter insight into the hatred ofnexcellence which has become the hallmarknof American education.n—E. Christian KopffnEVERYONE NOW KNOWS whatnthe Methodists have done to theirnhymnal. Inclusive language once againntriumphs over not only tradition andnelegance, but even reason. Economistsnarc not exempt from such folly. In annotherwise excellent and informativenbook. Breaking the Academic Mould:nEconomists and American HighernLearning in the Nineteenth Century,nthere is an essay by Byrd L. Jones onnthe development of economics at Harvard.nProfessor Jones quotes FrancisnBowen (1811-90) to the effect that thenpolitical economy that derives from thenclassical economists Ricardo to Mill is an”general science of Human Nature, ofnwhich the special sciences of Ethics,nPsychology, Politics, and PoliticalnEconomy are so many distinct andnco-ordinate departments . . . derivingnits principles from their knowledge ofnhuman nature, and tracing these downnto the outward conduct of men and tonthe social phenomenon which thesengeneral motives produce or influence.”nProfessor Jones feels compelled in anfootnote to add: “Male references prevailednamong Harvard’s economists,nreflecting then common conventionsnand a biased definition of human beings.nSuch gender limitations jar modernnsensibilities, and I have minimizedntheir appearance in quoted matternwhile leaving some as a reminder ofnsocial prejudices among social scientistsn— including those who lectured atnRadcliffe.”nBut the tide has begun to turn.nThere is something symbolic in thensocialist prime minister of Greece,nAndreas Papandreou, formerly professornof economics at Berkeley, ditchingnhis feminist wife devoted to feministncauses for a Dimitri Liani, a hostess fornOlympic Airlines, who is not onlyndescribed as a tall, buxom, bleachednblonde of 34 but a good cook. (Is thisnhome economics?)nThere are consolations for this gendernexploitation in language. Over thencenturies I am sure that most womennhave been relieved at the wording ofnthe Confession of Sin in the Book ofnCommon Prayer: “Almighty God, Fathernof our Lord Jesus Christ, maker ofnall things, judge of all men; we acknowledgenand bewail our manifoldnsins and wickedness . . .”n— WiUiam F. CampbellnCHRONICLES is pleased tonannounce that Chilton Williamson Jr.nis our new senior editor for books.nBorn in New York City in 1947, with anColumbia B.A. plus four years of graduatenwork there, Chilton worked fromn1973 to 1976 as a history editor at St.nMartin’s Press. He next became booknreview editor, and then senior editor, atnNational Review, a position he resignednto come to Chronicles. Thenauthor of Roughnecking It and DesertnLight, Chilton is at work on a newnnovel, entitled The Homestead, and annonfiction book about the Southwest,nUnsecured Territories (both fornWeidenfeld & Nicolson). He will remainnin Kemmerer, Wyoming, wherenhe has lived for the past ten years. Wenare delighted to have his good will andnexpertise.nSERIES OF §INSnSIN OF EXCESSIVEnnnSEPTEMBER 1989/9n