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Some Educational Problems

Excerpt from Some Educational Problems: The Introductory Address to the Eleventh Lecture Course at the Albany College of Pharmacy, Delivered October 5, 1891 Gentlemen - The course of lectures in the College of Pharmacy has always been Opened by the delivery of an introductory address. The custom is, perhaps, a somewhat antiquated one, and I think it might be urged with some reason that it would be more honored in the breach than the observance, and that the time thus given to formal greetings and generalities might be more profitably spent in beginning the real work of the course; but, be this as it may, it is none the less a real pleasure for me to greet you in the Old way this evening, and possibly the Observance of the custom may be not en tirely devoid Of all advantages. It, at least, serves to bring together class and faculty at the beginning of the session, and prepares the way for that free intercourse which should thereafter exist between teacher and pupil; for the time has gone by when the duty of the teacher, in such a school as this, is fulfilled by delivering, and that of the pupil by hearing, formal lectures at. Stated times. Between them there should be a closer bond of union than the mere exist ence of such mutual duties implies, for both are engaged in a com m'on pursuit, and should, with common aims and purposes, work side by side in full and hearty sympathy. We hope to feel that you are here, not of necessity nor from caprice, but because you have freely chosen for yourselves this vocation to which you are, in very truth, called, and are therefore prepared to make the most of the Opportunities which this school Offers you for perfecting yourselves in your chosen profession; and we further hope that you will feel that this faculty desire to aid you in the accomplishment Of this end in every way in their power and by the employment of every means which they can command. If, then, this introductory exercise shall bring us at the outset nearer together, and shall serve to estab lish between us lasting friendly relations, helping us the better to understand each other's aims and needs, the hour thus passed will not nave been spent entirely in vain. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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