[Written Especially for Young People]

"Academics of the right sort"

THE word "academy," with its various derivatives, comes down to us from classical history in a very pleasing picture. In the vicinity of Athens was a beautiful garden or park, known as the "Academia." It was planted with olive and lofty plane trees, and adorned with statues; a gentle stream flowed through it, and birds warbled in its sylvan retreats. This garden, "for contemplation framed," was the favorite resort of Plato, the great Athenian scholar and philosopher, who taught many people, and discoursed there with his learned friends upon the great themes of the day. Later, the name was given to the school or teaching of Plato, and gradually it was applied to a school intermediary between a common school and a college, or to a learned society formed for the advancement of the arts and sciences. In general usage, the word "academics," or studies pursued in an academy, now has come to refer to any or all branches of higher education taught in colleges and universities.

In connection with this garden school of Plato, it is interesting to observe the modern trend towards out-of-door schools, classes, instruction camps, travel bureaus, and other arrangements whereby children and youth may be taught, in part, through lectures, observation, and experiment, and, through harmless sports, be allowed to develop freedom, courage, and skill. Such methods are in accord with the high ideals of Christian Science along educational lines, as one may see from a careful study of page 195 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where, in one place, Mrs. Eddy says: "Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself, out of all that is mortal."

A Prayer
September 10, 1932

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