Excerpt from Via Latina: An Easy Latin Reader
Both these errors are glanced at in the report of the Latin Conference to the Committee oi Ten in 1892. In recommending a lengthening of the Latin preparatory course, the Conference says: The aggregate of one thousand or twelve hundred hours is much below the average in the schools of England, France, and Germany. The explanation of the undeniable fact that, in the coun tries just named, Latin has been more successfully employed than with us as an instrument for training the mind to habits oi intellectual conscientiousness, patience, discrimination, and thoroughness, in a word, to habits of clear and sound thinking, - doubtless lies partly in the more liberal allowance of time.
Touching the second error, the Conference deprecates the immediate transition from a first-year book oi forms and simple constructions to the reading of a classic author in Latin, and especially the absurdity oi a plunge at once into the Galli: War. It recommends the use oi easy reading to prepare the learner, by an enlarged vocabulary and practice in translating Latin not beyond his powers, for the severer task that confronts him when he takes up Nepos, Caesar, or Ovid.
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