Educational Problems in College and University: Addresses Delivered at the Educational Conference Held at the University of Michigan, October Fourteenth, Fifteenth and Sixteenth, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty, on the Occasion of the Inauguration of President Marion Leroy Burton

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CO-OPERATION WITH THE VITAL ACTIVITIES OF LIFE

HONORABLE FREDERICK P. FISH, A.B. Trustee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

From the beginning all progress has been to a large extent based upon close coöperation between the various forms of human activity. Under the simpler conditions that prevailed until recently, such coöperation was in great part unconscious and automatic. Each individual in the community, while on the surface largely actuated by purely selfish motives, instinctively recognized that prosperity and well-being could only be attained by the proper correlation of his effort and that of the class or group to which he belonged with the efforts of those who were dealing with other phases of the world's work. Consciously or unconsciously he acted on that assumption. By such coöperation and coördination, our methods of production and distribution have been established and our governmental and community relations developed. Our social organization with its positive laws, its customs and habits which are even more controlling than positive laws, and its sense of right and of responsibility by which the conduct of men has been so largely determined, is an outgrowth of the same tradition.

It has always been recognized that education should be coördinated with and correlated to the other activities of life. Its aims has been to fit men, whatever may be their place in the community, to play a satisfactory part in life and to be of service to themselves and to society.

For countless generations there was practically no education except that which came from participation in

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