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Hobart herald. (Geneva, N.Y.) 1879-1942, December 01, 1908, Image 9

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Hobart Herald 49 Editorials “ New occasions teach new duties; Time makes ancient good uncouth; They must upward still and onward, Who would keep abreast of Truth; Lo, before us gleam her camp fires! We ourselves must pilgrims be, Launch our Mayflower, and steer b o ldly Thru the desperate winter sea, Nor attem p t the future’s portal With the Past’s blood-rusted key.’’ L o w e l l . In these lines Lowell has laid down the fundamental principles of progi ess in any activity of the modern era. Progress has only been attained by “steering boldly” but not blindly into th e future. This verse applies to colleges and t o Hobart. The time has passed when the legitimate function of the true college was to cling steadfastly to the ancient curriculum of “ (little) Latin and (less) Greek.” The small college’s aim at the present day should, in the writer’s opinion, attempt to give a man a good, broad foundation for the cares and enjoyments of life. He should have some acquaintance with those ancient masters Homer, Plato, Thucydidies, Euripides, Virgil, Cicero, Cssar, Juvenal and others of the same ilk; he should b e able t o appre­ ciate Shakespeare, Tennyson, Browning, Dante, Moliere, Gcethe, Burns, Scott, Dickens etc.; he should have enough math, to gain an insight into the methods of applying pure mathematics to practical life; he should have some knowledge of the forces of nature, how and why they work in a particular manner as exempli­ fied b y Chemistry and Physics; he should know how to read History so as to separate facts from dates and to trace each effect to its underlying social, commercial or political cause; he should have some knowledge of the workings of his own mind and make the acquaintance of great thinkers of philosophy, psychology,

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