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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

Page 269

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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