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OUR Visiting Committee for 1875 - 76 have made their report. While they find the College generally in a satisfactory and improving condition, changes are suggested in almost all the departments. In the department of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy, although "the young men are stimulated to think for themselves upon controverted points, and care is taken to acquaint them with the objections which must be met before satisfactory conclusions can be reached," the result often unsettles conviction and produces "a sceptical turn of mind which is the more hopeless because it thinks itself rational and scientific." In Philosophy 3, the Critique of Judgment is recommended in place of Shopenhauer and Hartmann. The Committee think that Junior Logic might be removed to the Freshman year, and even to the preparatory schools, were they what they should be. In Ethics they noticed "an appearance of slightness and vagueness which is perhaps inseparable from the mental condition of many of the young men." Forensics they discovered to be only another name for themes, and they found (what we had not realized) increasing interest in theme-writing. They commend the plan of requiring each theme to be entirely rewritten, and can see no reason why themes should not be required of Freshmen and Seniors. They think that in Political Economy the field should be enlarged so as to include "a survey of the political arrangements under which men live, instead of being confined, as at present, to the laws which govern the production and distribution of wealth." In History they say the different courses should be brought into closer connection, so that their bearings from a common centre may be shown. Two new courses in Greek are recommended, one by which a complete view of Greek culture may be obtained through the English, while the other should be reserved for those who aim at accurate scholarship in Greek. In Modern Languages the only criticism is on the "slipshod, gallicized English" into which students translate French; while in Mathematics it is recommended that the work of the Freshman year be reduced, or that a part of it be transferred to the preparatory schools. This brief review of the report will serve to show how well the work of the committee has been done, and what pertinent suggestions have been made. We shall have something more to say, later, on some of these proposed changes.

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