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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 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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