292 History of Wake Forest College
struction in some of the preparatory schools had 'acquired a disgust
for some of their studies that could not be overcome.28
Nor is it intended to infer that Wake Forest was superior in those
days or in any day to other colleges. It suffered from the evils
common to all. One of these evils was dishonesty of students on tests
and examinations. Awareness of the evil is apparent in the catalogue
of 1884-85, in which for the first time it was prescribed that the
student sign a pledge on his test paper that he had received no aid
from any source. In later catalogues certain precautions in the conduct
of examinations to secure honesty are added. It was in the spring of
1887 that the first record of cheating on examinations occurs; it shows
that a half dozen students were involved, one of them a member of the
graduating class. The matter was considered through several faculty
meetings, and in the case of the member of the graduating class
appeal was taken from the judgment of the faculty to the Trustees,
who sustained the faculty in their action. Cheating on examination is
one of the greatest banes of our schools of all grades, elementary to
university. Constant effort and many means have been tried at Wake
Forest to suppress it; the most effective, in the experience of the
writer, has been rigid faculty supervision, which, however, has always
been regarded by a minority of the students with pronounced disfavor;
the least effective, in the long run, has been the so-called honor
In most instances, however, at Wake Forest, during the ad-
ministration of President Taylor, the students did honest work, and
made high average scholastic attainment, a matter to which he often
has referred with some degree of pride. "The College," says he in his
report to the Board in June, 1888, "has achieved a reputation far
beyond the borders of our own State for thorough solid work. The
scholarship of our graduates ranks with that of any similar institution
in our country."
One student in the first-year of College Latin came to the instructor and asked
to be allowed to discontinue class, since, said he, as soon as he took up his Latin
book he began to get sick at the stomach, and if he persisted in trying to prepare his
lesson he fell to vomiting.
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