27 July 2014

A tip of the hat to Amanda Foreman in today’s Sunday Times for unearthing this quotation by a US college professor about his students: “Indulged, petted and uncontrolled at home… [they arrive at college] with an undisciplined mind and uncultivated heart, yet with exalted ideas of personal dignity and a scowling contempt for lawful authority and wholesome restraint.”  I know many academics who would raise their eyes to heaven and acknowledge the truth of his words…  were it not for the fact that the quotation dates from 1855