Education: Is Latin Useless?

"In this broad land—geographically that is—Latin is in cupa favillarum,' complained Franklin P. Adams. The situation is so serious, he added, that he had better explain what he meant: translated literally, Latin was "in the can of ashes."

In the current This Week, F.P.A., the mournful wit of Information Please, anc an old Horatian of parts, made a plea for "the so-called dead language." Wrote he: "To say that one is going to 'use' Latin in one's daily life is nonsense. . . . But it seems to me there is too little education for its own sake. I do believe...

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