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It often happens that students when about to leave college, are heard to deplore the fact that their education has been so much less broad and complete than they could have desired, and that certain sides of themselves seem altogether untouched by their college training, and certain subjects utterly uninvestigated. Such complaints were scarcely heard in the times when a defined course of study was requisite for a degree; then, the regrets were that such and such studies from which neither pleasure nor profit had been derived had consumed so much valuable time. All grounds for these regrets are now removed; but at the same time we find that men go to the other extreme and fail to learn till their course is completed, how greatly they stand in need of just such courses as the old curriculum required and which would in no way have been irksome or unprofitable to them. If we could keep before our mind's eye some definite set of subjects which ought to afford a broad, liberal education, such perhaps as a well-devised curriculum would show, and subtract from and add to it certain courses, according to our personal requirements, we should be more certain of attaining our end here than we are by the manner in which many of us now map out our work. The results of our elective system are, as we all know, even far beyond expectation, but we should not omit to guard against the evils which it, in common with every good thing, may bring with it a little conservative spirit, may fitly be preached to the liberalism and freedom of to-day.

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