On the Principles of English University Education

John W. Parker, 1837 - 186 ページ


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35 ページ - 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 civilized 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 same nutriment, the literature of the ancient world, was conveyed to all, by the organization...
49 ページ - 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 destroy much of the value and usefulness of the education thus communicated.
121 ページ - College-hall, either in the common sitting-room, or in the apartments of some individual member, left on my mind a delightful impression. It was such as literary society should be, composed only of men of real learning ; of friends confiding in the mutual esteem entertained by all, undisturbed by ambitious quacks or impudent pretenders...
13 ページ - ... 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.
49 ページ - 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 : If I should tell the politic arts To take...
49 ページ - ... toward 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, 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...
85 ページ - ... 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,...
88 ページ - 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.
56 ページ - ... for its own sake. When a man gives his mind to any subject of study on account of a genuine wish to understand it, he follows its reasonings with care and thought ; ponders over its difficulties, and is not satisfied till all is clear to his mental vision. On the other hand, when he studies for an examination only, he does not wish to understand, but to appear to understand ; he cares not for unsolved difficulties in his mind, if the examiner detect them not ; he wishes to see clearly, only in...
28 ページ - Sciences, has brought out very clearly the fact that " the opening of Greek civilization was marked by the production of geometry, the idea of space was brought to a scientific precision ; and likewise the opening of modern European civilization was distinguished by the production of a new science, Mechanics, which soon led to the mechanics of the heavens, and this step, like the former, depended on men arriving at a properly distinct fundamental idea, the idea of force.