Education: Performer with a Passion

The fierce old professor who received the new English instructor at Amherst College that day in 1903 obviously wanted to be cordial, but instead he only growled. "I wish you luck in your teaching," he said, "but you probably won't have any. You will tell your students to study certain pages, and when you meet them you'll ask questions to see whether they obeyed you. If they really have, you'll congratulate them and give them a good mark. Bosh!" But as it turned out, that was not the sort of teaching the new man...

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