4 Matching Annotations
  1. Nov 2017
    1. Zoology

      This illustrates that the writers thought it important for more citizens to understand about different types of fauna. I wonder specifically why they thought the subject of animals was important enough to list in their curriculum. Would they want us to understand the ecological importance of animals or learn how to protect their rights? Were they trying to create a group of citizens who were more environmentally conscious?

    2. which advance the arts

      I think it is interesting that the writers specifically say that mathematical and physical sciences sometimes are only for the purpose of advancing the arts. This means, in my mind, that the writers are cognoscente of how some people are meant to be artists, but they still have a place in higher education and they will benefit in their work from having a higher education.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. the elements of navigation and Geography to a sufficient degree

      It makes sense that the writers would want the students of the University to be well educated on geography and navigation, particularly when considering how people traveled at the time the document was written - the early 1800's - with horse-drawn carriages and a lack of a comprehensive infrastructure. Nowadays, even though it can be argued that these skills are no longer necessary since humans have GPS's and Uber's and other similar means of transportation, I strongly believe that it is still important for people to be able to get from one location to another, either close or far, in the best way possible. The day that GPS's fail, if humans are not able to read maps well, there will be many challenges with the majority of people who wish to travel.

  3. Sep 2017
    1. two students only, this provision being deemed advantageous to morals, to order, & to uninterrupted study;

      I find it interesting that two is the explicitly stated maximum for students living together in order to be neat, get along well, and have an ideal situation for studying. I believe this still holds true in today's time, though many find themselves going to the library to study instead. This statement causes me to wonder whether it was rare for students to go elsewhere, such as a library, to study at this time. It seems likely that since a University such as this had not existed previously, the founders wanted to give the prospective students the best possible chance to succeed and did not want to force the students to go to a library or some other building to do their studying. Also, the founders were likely trying to get the students accustomed to studying in their living quarters with another person present, to prepare them for their future jobs when they would have wives and maybe children in the same house or room as them while working.