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necessary to qualify them for entrance."
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It was much later before
the college announced that all students entering their classes must be
graduates of accredited high schools and have done fifteen units of
high school work, or show fitness for entrance by examinations. Even
after this the progress was specious rather than real. The colleges and
universities all, from Harvard down, began to give college credit for
elementary French and German and Latin, done under the regular
members of their faculties, a thing they had been doing all along in
the case of Greek.
The difference in the later situation and that at the close of the
century is that now the high schools are unwilling or unable to offer
the elementary work in the languages, whereas then a few of the high
schools were able to give under excellent teachers four years of Latin
and three years of high school
mathematics;13
and all high schools
claimed to give as much as two years of Latin. Another difference
was that then very few schools gave courses in French and German,
the elementary work in these languages being done in the colleges. In
mathematics also some of the better high schools were giving plane
and solid geometry, neither of which at that time were required for
entrance to the colleges.
It was out of the conditions just indicated that a contention arose in
the high schools and academies against the colleges. That this was
causing the college trouble is seen in the numerous apologies found in
the reports of President Taylor for the continuation of preparatory
work in the College. It was in response to a suggestion in his report of
June, 1890, that something be done for a better understanding and to
promote the unity of academies, especially those under Baptist
teachers, that the Board of Trustees of the College appointed a
committee with
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12 Catalogues of the College for the years 1874-75 to 1904-05.
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In few institutions, whether colleges or high schools, have these subjects ever
been taught better than in Moravian Falls Academy, in Mount Vernon Springs
Academy, in Horner's School at Oxford, and in the Bingham School. College
professors are now living who can recall the pleasure they had in the men trained in
the classes of Hugh Morson of the celebrated Morson and Denson School in
Raleigh.
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