Wisconsin State Agricultural Society / Transactions of the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, including the proceedings of the state agricultural convention held in February, 1885, together with other practical papers
Vol. XXIII (1885)
Barry, A. C.
The agricultural outlook, pp. 229-273
269 DISCUSSION. and Greek were lncluded in the course of study in all our coursesý'ýof study are so first-Class colleges. rpo-daý4y our- , f' arranged that a younig man.. knowing what he wishes to do in life, can follow a course of study *appropriate to the pro- fession or calling that lie chooses. It seems to me that this is just what the bill which we have under consideration contemplates. I claim that the farmer of to-day acquires as much intelligence, as much business eapacity, as the man who enters one of the learned professions, or is engaged in what are called the business pursuits of life. And it seems to me that this bill contemplates giving to that class of students just what is required, and I hope that it will reeeive favor- able consideration. Mr. J. C. Ford-I feel like endorsing partly what Mr. Roberts has said about making haste slowly. I suppose- I am naturally a conservative., but this whole discussion, as far as I'can understand it, has gone on the supposition- that the farmer.. as a class, has got no college; that he ' is put under the shadow; that he.,has not the means of educätion. I understand that the common schools of this state, the high schools of this state, the normal schools of this state, and our grand University, are open to all, the farmer as well as everybody else, and I understand that the great complaint is that the mass of the students of this Univer- sity are made up of farmers' sons., but those farmers' sons, when they come out of the University, go into the profes- sions, and 1 understand the real complaint that we, as farm- ers, have, is, that the farmers, as a class, are not edueated with these educated men; that they are not yet their equals. We desire the profession, if we may so call it, of the farm., to be placed on a level footing with that of - the professional man. What are we advocating here? We are advocating a higher education for the farmers. Do we wish to exclude them from the state university and the normal schools-? I think not. Yet the question is how *these men are to be educated. We want to turn the tide of these - educated men back on to the farm. How is it to be done? Here we have the great farmers' university, aad it always will be. ý This anntial meeting is one of the bc.,st educators that the farmers
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