Expecting to be Wrong

“It should also be said that every boy’s exercise has been included in the tables. Of the 22 boys in question, 16 learnt all their Latin, or most of it, in this school; the other six came from other schools at the age of 13 to 15. All six, without exception, were in a most lamentable state when they came. Having learnt Latin for four or five years, they were unable to take their places with boys who had been learning for two or three years, and they were hopelessly outclassed even in syntax and accidence : they had no literary conscience, took no pride in being right, wrote nonsense with contentment, and expected generally to be wrong.”

-W.H.D. Rouse, The Teaching of Latin at the Perse School (1910) p. 22

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