Crawford, Robert S. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 23, Number 5 (March 1922)
Kies, W. S.
Present day demands for broader college training, pp. 147-149
S -If then the student drifts through his four years in college without a definite goal and turns to the world for a job on his gradua- tion, he has a practical foundation upon which to build. If, on the other hand, he plans to enter one of the professions to take up technical work, 14e still has that founda- tion which- will make him a more useful citizen no matter what line he takes up. In our primary and elementary schools today we are meaguring the mental ca- pacity of pupils and in the most advanced -schools are grading pupils according to such capacity. Work also is being done along the line of measuring the achievements of pupils with the ultimate idea of develop- ing each child's power of achievement in proportion to his mental capacity. This is one of the great fields of experiment in which psychologists and educators are at present working. Distinct results have al- ready been achieved, but one is prompted country, and.the same lack of leadership in the various communities which make. up a. nation. For this failure to think clearly on the economic, social, and political questions of the day the colleges are largely responsi- ble. Presumptively, the mature college men of today engaged in business, industry, commerce, and finance are the men whose economic thought shouldprevail with suffi- cient force to form back of them a public opinion powerful enough to compel intelli- gent action in Congress. Mr. Vanderlip in an address some years ago termed the American people a nation of economic illiterates. The truth of his statement has been proved by the actions of commercial, industrial, and financial lead- ers during the past three years. When this country entered upon a period of inflation after the armistice there were very few who saw the inevitable ending. But those few . were not listened to.. Instead, industrial ye
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