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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 53



As "true eloquence consists in saying all that is proper and nothing more," so here my duty is—what is always a most difficult one—to be explicit, and at the same time brief. For to define accurately, and criticise successfully, it is worse than idle to shield oneself behind generalities which, as a rule, are only a cloak for ignorance, and a door for misconception. (Hence the law maxim, Fraus latet in generalibus.) So that, on the one hand, I have to avoid the rocks of Scylla —generalities: whilst on the other hand I must beware lest I fall into the equally dangerous whirlpool, Charybdis—by being unnecessarily prolix.

Before, however, endeavouring to realise who educators should be, our first undertaking seems naturally to consist in clearly understanding what an educator is—in other words, what an educator's mission is.