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The elective system is often attacked, and attacked very severely, but never by those who have had practical experience of its workings. It is only a dozen years since, with great doubts as to the results of their action, a bare majority of the Harvard faculty voted to make the studies of upper classmen elective; it is only three years since they voted to make attendance on recitations voluntary; yet I doubt if ten members of that faculty could be found today who would advocate the repeal of either of those measures. It is because they have seen its fruits that the faculty of Harvard University believe in the elective system. [Times.

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