On the Principles of English University Education

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J. W. Parker, 1838 - Education, Higher - 189 pages

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Page 48 - ... to his professor : and if, as is very likely to be the case with active-minded young speculators, he goes through several phases of opinion, and gives his allegiance to a succession of teachers, he can hardly fail to look upon them with a self-complacent levity which involves little of respect. Now, this want of docility, confidence, and respect, when it prevails in the student towards his teacher, cannot, I think, be looked upon otherwise than as a highly-prejudicial feeling, and one which must...
Page 47 - ... his instructor. On the other hand, when a system is proposed which offers its claims to him, and asks his assent, which he may give or refuse, he feels himself placed in the situation of an equal and a judge, with respect to his professor. And if...
Page 37 - In nations as in men, in intellect as in social condition, true nobility consists in inheriting what is best in the possessions and character of a line of ancestry. Those who can trace the descent of their own ideas, and their own language, through the race of cultivated nations; who can show that those whom they represent, or reverence as their parents, have everywhere been foremost in the fields of thought and intellectual...
Page 13 - ... in a course of infallible certainty and security. Each of these hasty glances must possess the clearness of intuitive evidence, and the certainty of mature reflection; and yet must leave the reasoner's mind entirely free to turn instantly to the next point of his progress.
Page 48 - But should I now to you relate The strength and riches of their state, The powder, patches and the pins, The ribbons, jewels, and the rings, The lace, the paint, and warlike things, That make up all their magazines.
Page 53 - Cambridge at least, to give a complete preponderance to the indirect system ;— to conduct our education almost entirely by means of examinations, and to consider the lectures given in the Colleges as useful only in proportion as they prepare the student for success in the examinations.
Page 82 - ... unity, peace, and mutual charity ; and avoid in word and deed, scurrility, ribaldry, scoffs, whisperings, reproaches, and scandals. Let no one keep dogs, ferrets, hawks, or singing birds, in the college ; nor be immoderately given to hunting or hawking ; and if any one transgress let him be punished. We will and decree that each person conduct himself with propriety in his own chamber ; and do not by immoderate clamour, or loud laughter, or singing, or noise, or dancing, or musical instruments,...
Page 34 - They have shared in a common developement of thought, because they have understood each other. Their standard examples of poetry, eloquence, history, criticism, grammar, etymology, have been a universal bond of sympathy, however diverse might be the opinions which prevailed respecting any of these examples. All the civilised world has been one intellectual nation ; and it is this which has made it so great and prosperous a nation. All the countries of lettered Europe have been one body, because the...
Page 85 - The limits of control, his gentle eye Grew stern, and darted a severe rebuke : His frown was full of terror, and his voice Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe As left him not till penitence had won Lost favor back again, and closed the breach.
Page 25 - I cannot go on to the next point of my argument without an observation founded on the view which has been presented. It is impossible, after the survey we have just made, not to reflect of what immense importance the question of the two kinds of education is. The reform of the European universities, a subject which is now exciting so much interest in England, France, and Germany, is, in truth, what it has been termed, the Vital Question of Civilisation.

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