WE have received a protest against the proposed discontinuance of the study of Political Economy in the Sophomore year, announced in the last number of the Crimson. Our contributor argues soundly that nothing is of more importance for a man in this country than an elementary knowledge of economic science. The study of the prescribed course for the past few years has been little more than a hasty grind for an examination, and we suppose that to be the reason which has induced the Faculty to discontinue the study. But, however hasty the reading of the text-books has been, certain fundamental truths have dawned upon minds which otherwise would have lacked their light. Little is gained from the recitations which the men have to attend if they fail to pass the original examination, while, as our contributor says, "dawdling over the book, bit by bit, for six or seven weeks, is a trial sufficient to cool the ardor of the most enthusiastic scholar." He proposes therefore that an examination, like the one formerly held for those who wanted to anticipate the study, should be put down for some time in the Sophomore year, and that the whole class should be required to pass this examination as one of the regular requirements for a degree.
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May 06, 2017