The Trend in Higher Education
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... THE OLD AND THE NEW IN EDUCATION1 Some of us live too exclusively in the past. Its ideas and its institutions are so sacred to us that to separate ourselves 'from them, to allow other ideas and institutions to be substituted for them, or to be placed side by side with them, seems almost sacrilege. In like manner, some of us live too exclusively in the present. Such of us do not deem it worth while to study the past, that which is at hand being more than sufficient to occupy our attention. To spend one's time groping about in the darkness of antiquity, when one might work with the fullest satisfaction in all the brightness of midday, or to occupy oneself in putting forth with reference to the future conjectures which at best must always be something hazy and indefinite, seems to be a waste of energy, an expenditure of time worse than foolish. And, then, there are some of us who live too exclusively in the future. Ignorant of the past, or forgetful of it, blind to the environments in which we have been placed, lacking sympathy with everything that surrounds us, we permit, nay 1 Read at the dedication of the Library of Colorado College, Colorado Springs, March 14, 1894. force, the mind to occupy itself with that which is far distant. In this field no limitations present themselves. Difficulties, we persuade ourselves, may be left for consideration when they actually arise. With no dead past to haunt us, with no anxious present to disturb, we revel in the future. But the world of today does not recognize true manhood in that person who thus commits himself, whether the committal be to the past, the present, or the future. The modern man, whether scholar or practical worker, whether statesman or business man or educator, must know the past, ..