Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, April 01, 1877, Page 93, Image 3

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Hoitltl l)i! ui reason or argument
for lowering the grade, as nil kno'v tlinl
l lie standard now is quilt' low, and we be
lli'vo loo inuclt mo lor the good of higher
education.
Hut you may ask, Are you alraid this
writer, alone, is going to liittko this
change? No, but then ho claims to have
Mid sympathy and support of many of the
University authorities. How far this sup.
port mav extend is doubtful, but that it
should ho given at all for such a purpose
is a surprise. We will not enter into the
d tails of the gentleman's argument, liu.t,
as we said, notice merely the principle.
Formerly but IV w aitoidod our colleges
and these wore comparatively young; but
as the prosperity of the country advanced,
the facilities offered by our schools were
suoli that the average of the ages of those
attending inereased, and, instead of boys
and girls, it soon came to be young men
and women who composed the greater
part of our institutions. Ten Urook says
"The increase in the number of the stu
dents and the average ages, the growth of
the feeling of manly independence and
the changes which had taken place in the
IbatUios of our civilization, wore such that
the system, gotten up for boys committed
by their parents to college olHcci'3, was no
longer appropriate to either pa.ity; it
couhl not be piratically carried out by the
prolusors nor heartily concurred in by
the students.
The proffossors are now relieved from
the responsibilities of that guardianship
which had beou exercised over students.
Parents now understand that If they
need persons to represent them in the care
ot their sons and daughters, the' must
look these up and arrange with them."
This wo consider the only plan that
should bo followed. Though our institu
lion may bo young compared with many
others, yet, is that any reason why we
should make, a terrible blunder by doing
the same, which those others would not
have done had they been able to see what
trouble and expense it would cause them?
Wo have no excuse for beginning blind
ly and treading the same path thai has
been trod before, when we have tho histo
ries of so many institutions, by which wo
may be able to avoid tho shoals and
quicksands, and in a shorter period of
time to bring our institution to compare
more favorably with these older ones.
Then lot the oili.ons of Nebraska not
hamper their University, but give to tho
authorities the power, not of retrograding
but only of advancing, and so elevating,
the standard for admission, that more
time and belter work may bo given to the
University proper. II the time now allot
ted to the lirstyear of our high. school
department were given to the higher
classes, the result would bo far hotter.
Nebraska today boasts of her school
system, and is particularly proud of her
high-schools, and well site may be. But
can not these schools, in many in.-ianccs,
and even in all by raising the qtml idea
tions of the teacher a little, ho ab'f to do
tho workof the Hist years of our icpara
tory department far easier, and more
properly than the University? Would it
not be better if tlio young colleges and
also our Normal school should content
themselves in thoroughly preparing stu
dents to enter the highest school in the
state? Undoubtedly it would. And then
they could easily llnd means to carry on
their work, whereas now they are crippled
in every limb, and scarcely able to carry
on their dreary existence. In referring to
tho Normal wo mean no disrespect, but
merely state what, we believe, would bo
the best thing for her to do.
Again we quote from Ten J3rook, "A
little rellection will show that tho teacher's
protlession requires a thorough knowledge
of the subjects to bo taught, rather than
how to teaehjthem.and is therefore better
made an incidental attachment of every
school, than given to a special faculty."
This has been tho experience in tho
past, and the remark is especially applica
ble to our Normal branch.
Then, after reading these editorials, (to