The American College; A Criticism Volume 3

The American College; A Criticism Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...the threatening entrance examination; at the moment when academic freedom tears the youth from his moorings with a flood of fresh and exciting experiences. The student is--remember--only an American boy: his life has a thin background; he is not steadied by the traditions and conventions that in older societies keep things in place. The past does not control him; the future equally lacks fixity. Vague ambitions--his own, his family's, --hinder concentration on a definite object; well-known examples of illogical and unearned success breed a demoralizing confidence that the law of cause and effect will be suspended for his benefit, too. College life is an interlude, a respite. How can we figure out that in this moment of release from pressure, of suddenly expanded horizon, the boy may safely undertake to steer his bark in unknown waters by the shifting pole-star of his own misty purpose? Until the preparatory school develops in him intelligence and conscience strong enough to control, even if not wholly to absorb him, an elective system whose outcome hangs upon the seriousness and fitness of initial choice is bound to be largely wasted and frequently abused. The college assumes that the boy will profit by his mistakes, but it leaves him without means of correcting them. The teaching machine starts not tentatively but at full speed. A youth who after a few weeks discovers that he has mistaken either himself or his course, is powerless to set the thing right. His plight will be still worse if he switches to courses already well advanced. The opportunity and the disposition experimentally to "taste" before committing one's self, so wisely encouraged in the German universities, are here lacking. The usual contribution towards enabling a boy more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236624793
  • 9781236624796