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It is also noteworthy that it has been thought worth while to detail an experienced college teacher to give his entire time to the matter of undergraduate admissions, and not merely to carry this task as an additional burden to an already full measure of classroom or laboratory work with college students. Since at Columbia undergraduate students are statedly admitted in February as well as in September, and since in addition to the College Entrance Examination Board's examination in June Columbia itself maintains examinations in September and January, the work of admitting undergraduate students goes on thruout the
A Nucleus for
At the request of Leslie's weekly the editor a Good Home of the EDUCATIONAL REVIEW has made the Library
following list of books, or types of books which, in his opinion, should form the nucleus of any collection, however small, for the use of an American home which intends to surround its children with the best influences, and to teach them to distinguish between the first-rate and the second-rate, between the real and the sham, between the uplifting and the vulgar.
1. The English Bible, in one of the editions issued by the Oxford University Press, with its apparatus of maps, concordance, historical and geographical material.
2. A standard dictionary of the English language-not an out-of-date edition or a pirated reprint, but a thoroly modern dictionary. The Century dictionary, tho expensive, is the best, as it combines many features of an encyclopedia with those of a scholarly dictionary.
3. A modern, well-printed, and well-made atlas of the world, containing a good supply of large maps, with full geographical, political, and physical data.
4. Standard editions of the four great world poets-Homer, Dante, Shakspere, and Goethe.
5. The poems of Milton, Wordsworth (Matthew Arnold's selections), Tennyson, and Browning.
6. The essays of Emerson and of Matthew Arnold.
7. The Federalist (Lodge's edition), as indispensable for a knowledge of our government.
8. Writings and speeches of Abraham Lincoln (Nicolay and Hay's edition in two volumes).
9. A selection of standard histories of Greece, of Rome, of medieval Europe, of England, and of the United States, as well as at least one historical or reference book on the Orient and on South America.
10. A thoroly modern and well-written standard textbook or other exposition of physics, of chemistry, of astronomy, of botany, of zoology, of mathematics, of psychology, of economics, and of ethics. Those contained in the American Science Series, published by Henry Holt & Co., are probably the best.
II. A collection of typical English poetry, such as is found in Ward's English poets, and of American poetry, as found in Page's Chief American Poets.
12. Standard modern histories—not too extended-of Germany, of France, of Italy, and of Russia.
13. Standard editions of the best English novelists, including Thackeray, Dickens, and George Eliot.
A library with this material as a nucleus would be built upon a solid and sound foundation.
Many American students of education will regret to hear of the recent death of Mr. Herbert Courthope Bowen of England. Mr. Bowen was graduated with distinction at Cambridge in 1870, and at once devoted himself to school work. He was at one time principal of the Finsbury Training College for Teachers, and in that post was the leader of the first organized attempt in England to give training to intending teachers in secondary schools. Mr. Bowen was a frequent contributor to educational literature, his best-known book being his Froebel and education thru self-activity, published by the Scribners in the Great Educators Series.