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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

—Very Plain Truths,—

—Very Plain Truths,—

truths, too, which seldom find utterance in the public prints, though the presentation of them is sorely needed in our day in New Zealand, with its many hundreds-one might almost say thousand?—of students. You will Never Abolish the Crame System in the lower departments of the educational world until you have abolished it at the universities. As at present organised, most of our educational institutions are putting undue pressure upon their students, and in consequence ruining the health of some of the best of them; but this is the fault of the system only. Reasonable activity of mind is conducive to health, and not to disease. There is nothing necessarily baleful to physical development in the pursuit of knowledge, or even in severe thinking. But the attempt to digest mental food with undue rapidity, or, rather, to bolt it unmasticated at all—that is pernicious alike to mind and body, so that we need not be surprised if in some cases it is even fatal.