As a former student of English F the writer disagrees flatly with your editorial of December 19.
The usual objection of men who have not taken English F is based, as you write, upon the charge that "almost all men make careless mistakes. . . while writing under pressure in examination." This fault is exactly one of many which this course is designed to remedy. You quote justly when you appeal to President Eliot's statement, "The well-educated man is the man who knows how to use his own language well." In fact, you quote so justly that you convict yourselves.
As for imposing a new course upon undergraduates at the whim of "section-men" or instructors, the writer believes that this statement is ridiculous. The hundreds of reports to which your editorial refers must have come form a great many instructors, "section-men," and even professors in various departments. In such a case a large part of the faculty, you would have us believe, are sadly given to "threats" and "mere whims" in their judgment of undergraduates. Far from charging the faculty with humiliation because some undergraduates do not write reasonably correct and sensible English, the a CRIMSON should compliment the faculty in recognizing a difficulty and developing an effective cure.
"The well-educated man is the man who knows how to use his own language well." The College through English F seems therefore to be furthering President Eliot's ideal. F. W. GKRHART '25.