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Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 12, Number 2 (Nov. 1910)

Elliott, Edward C.
The training of teachers,   pp. [51]-54


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THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
university entering into the profes-
sional preparation of the teacher.
While nominally within the college
of letters and science it is not con-
fined to that college alone, but
stands in close relation to certain
departments in the college of agri-
culture and the college of engineer-
ing. The course may be said to be
organized about the department of
education as a core, in the same
manner as the course in commerce
is organized about political econ-
omy, and the course in chemistry,
about chemistry.
   This is scarcely the place for a
technical discussion of the why and
wherefore of the present plan. It
is appropriate though to emphasize
what seems to be the principal, im-
mediate business of the university
as   regards  the  preparation  of
teachers. In addition to becoming
more conscious itself of its duties,
the university .must create an atti-
tude on the part of students that the
circumstances and needs of modern
schools will no longer permit the
"college graduate" who has gained
merely a conventional grasp of
things intellectual, or   Who  has
made a dashing pursuit of that
ignis fatuus of the college educa-
tion "culture," to step into the
school, and to manipulate those
most delicate of all mechanisms,
the mind of the pupil. And fur-
ther, that teaching to be worthy of
the name, requires a preparation as
carefully devised and as intensive
as that required for the lawyer, the
doctor, the engineer, or the agri-
culturalist. The university must
not only educate and train, but it
must   select more   rigidly those
whom it sends out with its stamp
of approval. In this way it is
grappling with the .problem of bet-
tering the quality of the teachers it
prepares.
   The state and its schools need not
only   better teachers  but  more
teachers, and above all more men
teachers. These are more than in-
ternal questions. They are dis-
tinctly  public   questions. Their
final solution is "dependent upon
forces of an economic and social
variety. One thing is certain-
more teachers will not be had,
neither will they be attracted until
the public consciousness is awak-
ened to the point of according to
the public school teacher not only
an adequate compensation in coin
but an adequate compensation in
terms of social respect; of which
the teacher must be worthy. This
is one of those great public issues
in which the alumni of the univer-
sity may fitly become interested.
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