Essays on Education

Essays on Education

Essays on Education

Essays on Education

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The essays that comprise this book were written in the course of duty during my first three years in an office that affords all too little opportunity for literary effort. Most of them were delivered as addresses on various formal academic occasions. They are printed here without revision save for the omission of some local detail. Such unity as they may possess is the unity of variations on a theme. Their conclusions are for the reader to judge after he has read them, not for the writer to suggest in the hope of a favorable judgment.

I hope, though, that the reader will allow me a word or two concerning the mood in which these pages were written. For he will detect a sense, and here and there a note, of irony that so much of their space should be taken up with a justification of our colleges and universities, with the right of these institutions to carry on the work enjoined upon them by their charters and the provision of material means to make that possible. When I was a student at Yale and afterward during my first years as a member of the faculty, such matters were taken for granted. The towers and campuses of colleges and universities appeared fixed landmarks in the American scene, their lore pervasive in American thought and . . .

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