Eheu! The dumbing-down of education, the coddling of pupils these days! Let this writer tell it:
An age in which children are taught the driest doctrines by the insinuating method of instructive games, has little reason to dread the consequences of study being rendered too serious or severe. The history of England is now reduced to a game at cards, the problems of mathematics to puzzles and riddles.
Forcefully written! Only -- published just over two hundred years ago, in 1814, by Sir Walter Scott (Waverley).
Nihil sub sole novum.