Individual Training in Our Colleges

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CHAPTER XXXIV PRESENT NEED AND OPPORTUNITY OF COLLEGE-TRAINED MEN -- THE COLLEGE FOR TRAINING

WE realize that this is the age of new and gigantic problems, coming daily, thick and fast, any one of which would have staggered our forefathers. It is no longer the improbable, but that which was (yesterday) the impossible which happens. A successful business or professional man must to-day have a well-stocked brain, but, far more, he must have the trained mind that can grasp an important or novel subject so that he can study it by himself or through some expert that he trusts, and arrive at a true solution of his problem. As another has said, "We should not attempt to make mental storehouses of men, but mental factories," men so trained that they are not daunted by any difficulty, able to concentrate their best powers, at a moment's notice, upon any question that may arise. The ideal college course would annually turn out many such men. The material and pedagogical resources are assembled. All that is needed is to get better results in training the individual, and this, as has already been said, must come from better "factory practice," and from keeping some record by which the moral and mental qualities of our undergraduates may be known.

College should produce them.

Wanted, problem solvers.

The doctor, the lawyer, the clergyman and the pedagogue have all had to meet new and tremendous problems that they may safeguard the great interests that rely upon them. New professions have sprung up, and from the loins of old and new have sprung still others. In these, as in all other lines of activity, it is the problem of problems to find splendidly, or adequately, or even fairly trained men to work out and solve the new issues that daily arise.

Professions need them.

There is to-day a surplus of poorly trained, ill-adapted college

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