Education: Curse of the Country

With Lady Astor presiding, undergraduates of Oxford and Cambridge debated the subject: "Resolved: That Education is the curse of the country," Oxford in the affirmative and Cambridge contra. The case against education was briefly stated in the words : " Forty years ago newspapers were written for the instruction of parents and not for the amusement of children." The opposite position came down to the contention that " the public schools did produce gentlemen," and the conclusive proposition that the country wasn't suffering under a curse anyway. Naturally the audience voted overwhelmingly for the negative. And Lady Astor concluded the...

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