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Prof. Winehell At Middletown

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rOïnthe Bonton Adrcrtiaer. Durittg1 tho dedicatory exurcises ot tlio Motuoriftl chapel at tho Aliddletown W'esleyan University, Professor Alexander Winchell, LL. D., of the University of Michigan, delivered au elabórate address on soipiitific education. The following extntct givas nn accurate idoa of the spirit in which the groat quostion was consideved : K Tho ocoasion on which wo are assomMed is au exponent of a recent moveraent in higher education, which may be styled tb e Modern Protest. It is movement ■vrhU-h-did not begin nor the ilay bofope. It i a moveinent in which tho Wesleyan University has been less follower thaira leadsr. Thirty years ago this university announcod a " scientific courso " of study which should run paral - lol with the oússical. This course ira tbo " prophetic type " of tho of Bcience which have rooted thems}ves in our educationul soil during the last fiftoen years. These schools have been a spontaneous outgrowth of the exigencies cf modern civilization. The new education is a manly and obstinate protest against the medioeval form and substance of our higher course of study. It is a recognition of the vast modern progress of the race in scienco, in the in all the elementa of civilization. TJiis progress demanded a reform. Society, would ni content itself-to abide by the medise val methods ineduoation, wbile the duties of the age demanded an acquaiutance with the ideas of tho age. A course of study intended as the basis of a liberal education should strike through the center of the mass of human knowledge. It was 60 in the schools of Greece ; and in the celebrated schools of Europa, which rose with the revival of le-irning, at Bologna and Padua. Anselem and Abelard, in their teaching-, moved directly for the great ystems and themes of thought which occupied the minds of men and natioiw in their day, and permeated the civlization of their age. The common sense of mankind has always demanded a similar procedure. But modern times have witnessed a wonderful enlargement of the sphere of knowledge on the scieutiiic side. The center of its mass is changed. The groat central course of study must correRpondingVy detieofc. IL it does not, the free irfiought free action of the age wül desert it. The college will fall into disrepute for not supplying the knowledge ■nul culture demanded by the times. Something will spring up, either within the college or without it, which will respond to the new wants created by a changed civilization." The address, which was very long and would till several columns of the A'UerlUer, will soon be published. It will be likely to attract much attcution anioug all iuterested in the issue of the " modern protest," since it takes diocided and strong grounds in favor of the new education, boldly advooating its advantages, not only for special training, but for that liberal culture and discipline of the mental faculties and the character, which it is assumed only be obtained from the classics. It will take rank anioug the most thorough and able arguments yet presented on this side of the discuasiom


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