In case you are feeling bad about the state of education in America, here is a wonderfully cheering example of some everyday studiousness from two young people I’m taking Latin I with at my city’s smallish public liberal arts university.
Our homework over the weekend was to decline three Latin noun/adj. pairs and come up with a 4-word Latin sentence.
Here are some sentences volunteered by two students, who to me did not appear to be overachievers, but people who just kind of got caught up in learning. As you read these sentences, keep in mind this is the 4th week of a first-semester class in an ancient, foreign tongue, and these students were asked for only four words:
Epimetheus sapienta de aliis petit. Errant! Sapientia in se est.
(Epimetheus seeks wisdom from others. He is mistaken! Wisdom is within.)
Viri sine sapientia et philosophia bella stulta amant.
(Men without wisdom and philosophy love foolish wars.)