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  1. Yet another appeal to shorthand as a learned art for personal edification, rather than vocational training. A pleasant thing to read, even though it does bash Latin and Greek, which are still useful languages for understanding language and for reading medieval manuscripts, though its main concern is with secondary school education. Nice reference to Wilson.

  2. This was, of course, a constant theme of Dr. Gregg, and one of the things I love about him. Shorthand as an art, shorthand as a worthy object of study in and of itself, quite apart from its practical and business applications. It's a position that's worth reflecting on in our money-driven modern lives. There are some things that can be studied and pursued for interest's sake, no justification required, no practical application necessary.

    I attended a small liberal arts college in the 1970s, and one of the things they emphasized was that they were teaching us how to live, not exclusively how to make a living. That sounds almost heretical today.

    Lee

  3. Actually, as I have studied the history of shorthand, such an attitude is not something unique. Many of systems of shorthand creators had the same point of view. Same the students. The shorthand was the skill for intellectual ellite, not only for their secretaries.

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