The Independent Volume 69, Nos. 3227-3239

The Independent Volume 69, Nos. 3227-3239

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...Yale" is a bit illogical, but we shall not criticise too closely the big wholesome democratic boys who accomplish this feat. It is said that at Yale all men are alike and that all honors and prizes go to the man who is most alike. Our author is especially interested in Princeton, because it is in the mutation period. All of the universities are in the transition period, but Princeton has taken new forms and seems to belong to three species at once. Whether the removal of President Wilson to the sphere of statesmanship will allow Princeton to slip back into atavism, we cannot say yet, but at any rate "an ideal of education" is there, and it is working itself out. The traditions of Princeton are classical, and for that reason its science work has a zest and freshness which it does not have where science has its way without question. The old proverb of the stolen apples explains this. The new Princeton will have more of science, but its keynote is more intellectual supervision. The preceptorial system is not very different from the assistant professor system of the Western universities, and it is subject to the same defects and limitations. Preceptors starve sometimes on $2,000 a year. Sometimes they dry up prematurely, and if they are forceful and fruitful, they are called somewhere to a higher station. Calling them preceptors does not make them teachers, and in time they will go up or down. The friendly isolation of Princeton is a factor in its success. More good men go over 500 miles to Princeton than to the swollen undergraduate department of Columbia. Fit buildings are also a great help to the real work of universities. "Scientific men in other institutions, who are housed like hermit crabs in shells which do not fit...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 871g
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236989031
  • 9781236989031