Value of the Classics

Value of the Classics

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Value of the Classics

Value of the Classics

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In education definitive evidence is worth more than theorizing. This book is chiefly an appeal to facts, and two classes of facts appear in its pages.

The first includes the testimony contained in addresses given at the Conference and in the statements of nearly three hundred competent observers representing the leading interests of modern life and including many of the highest names in our land. Four Presidents of the United States head the distinguished list. To make sure the evidence is as free from professional bias as is practicable, the teachers of the classics have been excluded except in the few cases where they happen to be the heads or authorized representatives of institutions and are thus entitled to speak for them. The statements are chiefly American, supplemented by a few important declarations from England and France. This testimony, with only occasional variation in its degree of conviction or of emphasis on one or another factor, converges steadily to one main conclusion, namely, that classical studies are of essential value in the best type of liberal education and that whenever the classics are well taught the results are satisfactory.

The second part is statistical. The most pertinent and reliable facts in the records of our school and colleges, so far as procurable, are here presented and examined. They reveal the general and decided superiority of classical over non-classical students in the chief . . .

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