Shawnigan Lake School Magazine June, 1948

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When Matthew Arnold wrote of "this strange disease of modern life” he perhaps did not realize the extent to which it would affect the world in the century following his own. Today men grope for meaning in their confused dark world and often, in the fruitlessness of their search, either lapse into mental inertia and apathy, or escape through ever-open doors into the evanescent world of fantasy. Probably at no other time in the history of Western civilization has there been a greater demand for personal surety of purpose. To satisfy this need is a task to which a revitalized religious faith alone is equal. A sane, sound education, however, can prepare the way for such a faith by insistence upon standards of thought compatible with the belief that goodness and humility are the most desirable characteristics of civilized man.

An education should do what the Latin roots for the world suggest; that something be led out of young minds, that the best in the way of human virtue be led out and this before a mass of data without a moral integrating factor be introduced. At another time Arnold said that,

. . we ought to know the best that is ...