Реферат: “Proper education”

Defining the «educated man or woman» is very difficult todo. However, most would agree that the knowledge of at least one language wouldsurely be an important item on the list. If wе reviewthe history of the study of languages, we find that the study of Latin andGreek was, for many centuries, necessary for any scholar. As late as the middleof the 19th century, an educated person could read in their original form theworks of great writers and thinkers, both ecclesiastical and secular.

By the later part of the 19th century, individual disciplines suchas chemistry, botany, and geology began tо evolve.Specialization in particular fields, including modern languages such as Frenchand German, became necessary, because it was no longer possible for anindividual to be well read in many subject areas and stay current on rapiddevelopments in industry, science, and medicine.

The study of European languages is considered as part of а classic education. One could read and approach the literature, art,and architectural heritage of Europe more closely with an appreciation for, ifnot fluency in, one of the European languages. To have been exposed to foreignlanguages is a hallmark of good scholarship and a “proper education”.

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