Cover of the Journal of the Experimental College, 1973
Roger Naggeles was introduced to MSC when the first of several letters and editorial responses was printed in the Journal of the Experimental College, starting in November 1973. Naggeles, a self-styled non-conformist and independent thinker, railed against what he called the failure of the EC to honor its promises to offer a program centered upon student choice.
Naggeles claimed that there had been a breakdown in the spirit of the EC, the guiding vision of how the school was to operate, brought about in response to the realities of the college environment. Faculty were awarding grades instead of using the pass-fail system, and were taking the lead in deciding what was best for student goals instead of allowing the students to handle their own reins. Classes were being developed without enough student input. The freedom of students to truly blaze their own path was being retarded by a system of oversight which was not as liberating, in Naggeles' opinion, as the supposed original vision of the EC.