Education from a National Standpoint

Education from a National Standpoint

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...of construction, in the thick parts of a vocabulary, to find at the end of all this labour nothing more than a new term of comparison with the mother tongue! That would certainly be, in Shakespeare's phrase, cb. ado about nothing.'" And all this would only teach one lanouage-You cannot hope to know at once Engish for the sake of reading Shakespeare, German for Goethe, Italian for Dante, and Spanish for Cervantes. Why, then, give up the languages and the literature from which the French language and literature have sprung? If there are any nations who ought not to banish Latin from secondary education, the neo-Latin races should certainly not, prepared as they are by their own language to assimilate Latin. There is much astonishment and lamentation that foreign languages are so little known and used in France, In Germany, they say, French is studied to some purpose from the commencement of school-life, and English from the time the boy reaches the fourth class from the bottom of the school. Yes! but that is because Latin prepares the Germans for the study of French (the language nearest to the classics), while German itself makes the study of English easier. Similarly, the English boy who has learned Latin easily picks up French, and finds it no great effort to learn German. In France, on the contrary, how difficult it is to learn German and English! Latin, however, offers us no great difficulties. Italian and Spanish, which are of very little use to us, would be as easy to us as French is to Italians and Spaniards. It is not Eo long ago since men of letters and the clergy spoke Latin, which proves that it is a language that can be easily acquired. There is Lo reason, therefore, for suppressing Latin because it is very difficult, to...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236642678
  • 9781236642677