Archive for Friday, January 27, 2012

100 years ago: Latin requirements reduced for Kansas college admissions

January 27, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 27, 1912:

  • "Hereafter it will not be necessary to have studied so much Latin to enter Kansas colleges. In the past the requirements as far as Latin was concerned were very strict and quite a number of students were kept from entering a college because they had not taken a full course in Latin. Ottawa University today reported that the entrance requirements for that school were changed at a meeting held last night by the faculty. Only three years of English, two of mathematics, two of foreign languages, four of vocational, are required. This change is made following the report of the committee on school standardization for Kansas colleges."
  • "Dean Charles H. Johnston of the School of Education is collecting material from the schools of Kansas for a 'School Museum' at the University. When the museum is complete the University will have a place for the school teachers of the state to come and study the methods of teaching in the various institutions of Kansas. There will not be a thing used in connection with the school work that will not be in the museum of the School of Education. 'It will be a great help to the teachers of the state when we get the museum completed,' said Dean Johnston today. 'It is just the thing they need.' With this place to study methods the schools of Kansas will be able to have the best system possible."
  • "Undersheriff Ed. Woods arrested Willie Brown this afternoon on the charge of smoking in church in Tonganoxie where he lives. Young Brown has been going to school in Lawrence, but hasn't attended to his studies. His father is dead and the boy is reckless. He was taken to Tonganoxie this afternoon."


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 3 months ago

So, the new students didn't need to know what 'Ad Astra per Aspera' means?

Sarah St. John 6 years, 3 months ago

And ARRESTED for it no less! That really floored me.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 3 months ago

Coming up this weekend: Results of the 1912 straw poll conducted by the J-W for the past two weeks, including local opinions on women's suffrage; student reaction to the new eatery on campus; and an update on Frank Osborn, the little boy who was injured while sledding on Jan. 22.

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