The Twentieth Century Volume 24

The Twentieth Century Volume 24

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...and intellectual aspirations of the people, as Edward Everett Hale, Phillips Brooks, and Bishop Vincent. It is, of course, very easy to find many things to criticise in so complex and multiform an organisation as this. A fastidious academic cynic is struck by its irregular and unorthodox character, and is fain to regard it as bearing the same relation to a really learned society that the Salvation Army bears to the regularly organised and decorous churches. He may urge with some truth that there is a good deal of superficial reading encouraged by the circles; that many of the members are not real students; and that the power to write papers which may perchance be copied from books or prepared with the help of others is no true test of the student's own application or knowledge. But even he will admit that the plan provides in thousands of cases half a loaf to those who otherwise would have no bread, and that this half is often rendered so palatable that it excites appetite and encourages effort to obtain more. And the objection to the inadequacy of the test applied to the students' knowledge is best met by considering that the whole organisation exists for the encouragement of voluntary effort, not for the detection of ignorance, for the award of prizes, or for granting distinction to intellectual athletes. The certificates given to those who have completed a four years' course are not degrees or honours which have any value in the educational market or as passports to lucrative employment. They are simply attestations of membership in a mutual improvement society. Entrance into this society is purely voluntary. Hence the checks and precautions which are lawful in a college examination would here be wholly superfluous. For the more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 821g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746473
  • 9781236746474