Not much has changed in a hundred years or so

Most of the articles and reports I have been wading through in my attempt to track changes in how Latin has been taught (in order to discover what’s the dominate style now and how long it has been so) are from the decades around the 1900s. However, not only are many of the very entertaining to read, but it’s very hard to even tell from reading them that they argue a reform in Latin pedagogy from a time when nearly all of the incoming freshmen class to a college would have some Latin under their belts. The authors complain about all the same problems we could find today–few students continue Latin in college, fewer after the second year. The main argument seems to be about the final goal of college Latin: the ability to read Latin or to translate Latin (yes, there is a different, I am detailing what it is at the moment).

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