Twenty-Five Years of American Education: Collected Essays

Twenty-Five Years of American Education: Collected Essays

Twenty-Five Years of American Education: Collected Essays

Twenty-Five Years of American Education: Collected Essays

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The educational services of Paul Monroe now extend over a quarter of a century. The fact of long service in itself attracts attention from a world which has not yet grown indifferent to that mastery of life which is marked by the steadiness and devotion which lengthen men's labors in important places. But to point out a larger and more important milestone in the continuous industry of a scholar's mind means something more and something different to his former students and colleagues. To them the commemoration of twenty-five years of teaching and scholarship is merely a more formal and more outspoken expression of deep-seated appreciations they have long carried. Like the profession at large, they have been influenced by his mind in all the direct and indirect ways which are given to the resourceful thinker and the careful scholar. But, like themselves alone, they have shared the scholar's intimate thought as only those may who have learned the ways of discovery under his guidance. Whatever they have done in the days of independent scholarship is rooted in those hours of counsel, criticism, and suggestion when the mind of the teaching scholar and his apprentice interchange upon some problem of truth and its applications. Thus many of the young and virile leaders of American education who have passed in and out of the portals of the great Teachers College of Columbia University remember and appreciate that one mind which was specially charged to give historical . . .

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