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New Army Regulations

Naturevolume 50page245 (1894) | Download Citation



IT appears, from the letter in the daily papers of yesterday, signed by the Headmaster of Eton, that the headmasters are beginning to cry out under the smart of the rod they have made for their own backs. When, five or six years, ago, Latin was made a compulsory subject for the Army Entrance Examinations, I for one, as a schoolmaster, welcomed it in that capacity, from its value as a mental discipline, and as a remedy to some extent for a certain illiterateness and incapacity for accuracy of expression, which one met with too often in Army candidates. But it was soon found that the position assigned to it was taken advantage of by men of non-scientific education, as a pretext for driving science into the background, and making it contemptible in the eyes of boys and parents, by a considerable curtailment of the time previously given to it, and then, with Egyptian logic, wondering that the marks fell off.

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