Students need a practical education, and nothing is more practical than the study of Latin.
One reason to study this so-called "dead language" is to learn the vocabulary of English. True, of the 100 most commonly used words in English, only 10 or so come from Latin. Of all English words, however -- over a million in the latest dictionaries-more than half are of Latin origin, and those of Greek origin take up much of what remains. In the Third Edition of Bright's Old English Grammar and Reader, edited by Frederic G. Cassidy and Richard N. Ringler, the editors wanted to make a point about English: "In sum, it should be evident that there is a considerable degree of continuity in the core of the English vocabulary between Old English times and the present." To make the point, they printed the sentence just quoted with the words of Latin origin deleted. The sentence looked as follows: