Magazine article Insight on the News

Education Notes from a Better Past

Magazine article Insight on the News

Education Notes from a Better Past

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Thomas Arnold, who lived from 1795 to 1842, was one of those 19th-century larger-than-life Englishmen such as Charles Dickens, William Gladstone or Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who helped define what it meant to be British more than a century ago. As headmaster of Rugby, one of the great English public schools, Arnold made his name a household word all over the British Empire for the rigor, discipline and thoroughness of the Christian education he provided.

The severity of Arnold's approach to mining the young (and how much it differs from many of today's education fads) is apparent from the following Arnold quotes taken from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. But what is apparent, too, is how seriously Arnold took education and how deeply he valued the solid training of the young.

* "My love for any place, or person or institution, is exactly the measure of my desire to reform them."

* "My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make. …

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