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[22] Boys should begin by learning to decline nouns and conjugate verbs: otherwise they will never be able to understand the next subject of study. This admonition would be superfluous but for the fact that most teachers, misled by a desire to show rapid progress, begin with what should really come at the end: their passion for displaying their pupils' talents [p. 75] in connexion with the more imposing aspects of their work serves but to delay progress and their short cut to knowledge merely lengthens the journey.

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