Last evening President Eliot spoke before the Graduate Club on "The Arrangement of a Student's Day." Later, he asked for a discussion of the various points he had raised and of the difficulties in the way of the plan which he proposed. It will be sufficient here to give merely the outlines of this plan.
Of the twenty-four hours in the day, President Eliot would have the student devote ten to work. This proposition may sound extreme. It must be taken with certain modifications and explanations. In the general term "work," are included all lectures and library work, together with the time necessarily consumed in passing from one form of occupation to another. Moreover, Sunday is always to be free from work, as is an extra half-day in each week.
With this understanding, and with the necessary exceptions for peculiar individual cases, President Eliot would arrange the twenty-four hours as follows: For sleep, eight hours; for meals, three hours; for healthy out door exercise, two hours; for "chores," the little calls which each day makes on one's time, one hour; and for work, ten hours.