W. H. D. Rouse

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W. H. D. Rouse (1863-1950) was a pioneering British teacher who advocated the use of the Direct Method of teaching Latin and Greek.

Rouse gained a double first in the Classical Tripos at the University of Cambridge, where he also studied Sanskrit. He was appointed a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge.

Later he became a schoolmaster, and was appointed headmaster of The Perse School, Cambridge, in 1902. While in charge, he restored it to a sound financial footing following a crisis. As a teacher he believed firmly in learning by doing as well as seeing and hearing: although the curriculum at the Perse was dominated by classics, he urged that science should be learned through experiment and observation. He retired from teaching in 1928.

In 1911, Rouse started a successful series of summer schools for teachers to promulgate the Direct Method of teaching Latin and Greek. The Association for the Reform of Latin Teaching (ARLT) was formed in 1913 as a result of these seminars.

Also in 1911, James Loeb chose W. H.D. Rouse, together with two other eminent Classical scholars, T. E. Page and Edward Capps, to be founding editors of the Loeb Classical Library.

[edit] References

  • The Living Word: W. H. D. Rouse and the Crisis of Classics in Edwardian England, by Christopher Stray, published by Bristol Classical Press in 1992 (ISBN 1-85399-262-3)

W. H. D. Rouse

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