Merlin on Monday: Curriculum Development

Tilting and horsemanship had two afternoons a week, because they were easily the most important branches of a gentleman’s education in those days. Merlyn grumbled a good deal about athletics, saying that nowadays people seemed to think that you were an educated man if you could knock another man off a horse and that the craze for games was the ruination of true scholarship – nobody got scholarships like they used to when he was a boy, and all the public schools had been forced to lower their standards – but Sir Ector, who was an old tilting blue, said that the battle of Cressy had been won upon the playing fields of Camelot. This made Merlyn so furious that he gave Sir Ector rheumatism two nights running before he relented.”

The Once and Future King
T.H. White


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