Cornhill Magazine,  1 (1860), 608–15.

Paterfamilias to the Editor of the "Cornhill Magazine"

Paterfamilias, pseud.  [Matthew J Higgins]




Education, Schools, Mathematics, Status

    Reports that at Harchester College, 'one of our most celebrated public schools' (609), the 'regular business of the school consisted solely in the study of Latin and Greek', whilst of 'arithmetic, or mathematics, we learnt nothing'. In addition, the 'Harchester boys were never required to touch their hats to the [...] mathematical masters; whilst to the classical masters [...] they were required to be always hat in hand'. (610) Suggests that along with modern languages, 'arithmetic, and mathematics, should be made part of the "regular business"' of public schools, and commends the plan to 'the attention of H. R. H. Prince Albert' (615).


Higgins 1861

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