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
ýw DiscussioN. 265 enough to those, men to give them what they ask in this direction, even if my views in every respect do not coincide with theirs. There is, a strong sentiment, I see it more and more in Wisconsin.. towards agricultural education. That is a growing sentiment. It is very strong, and the people who believe that aopricultural education is just what they want, are a class of men who pay a large portion of the taxes of this state. I do not want to go into an elaborate discussion of this. I will have an opportunity later, 4ut want to say to the farmers that are gathered in this convention2 if you want this measure to pass it will pass, if you.expressyour opinion in any unhesitating- way upon this subject. Mr. Williams.-I- do not wish to say but a single word on this subjeet. There is no gentleman in this house that feels a deeper interest in the question of agricultural edueation than I do. Therer is no one that is more earnest that the people of the state of Wisconsin should adopt the means of securing the best possible system of education than I am.. and in a few words I wish to say this has seemed to express my views as to what I believe will accomplish the greatest good in this respect. I met the professor of mining engi- ineering in Columbia College Ihis summer in'New York. He takes his elass, four months in the year, into - the field, and works from eight o'clock in the morning steadily until fiLve o'clock in the afternoon.. teaching them the practiee of mining engineering. I met an. engineer this summer that was out in Dakota running a rail way line. The boy had never been to school except to learn how to merely add and di vide. He was running a transit, and he said he had three college graduates in his company under himself. The real question to be ' discussed by the legislature of this state is how we can elevate, not-simply the practice of teachi-n ' farm edueation, ,but the. practice of genieral. edueation, so as to make it more practical in every respeet and to the highest possible extent. A theoretieal education is good enough in its place, and to the furthest possible extent.. at the same time, to make it ab- solutely practical. I do not understand that there is any difference between the fundamental principle of -the educa- tion that is required for the farme rY the mechanic, a man or
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