Trial Balance: The Education of an American

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VI
The Academic Mind

A MAN who makes a career of education faute de mieux does not merit its best rewards. It treated Angus better than he deserved. At twenty-eight he was a Dean at Swarthmore and an American officer of the Rhodes Trustees. Four years later he was Master of Pierson College and Director of Admissions at Yale. At thirty-four he became President of the University of Rochester and served happily there until his resignation fifteen years later.

In these posts his associates were congenial and the atmosphere was stimulating. Since each of the three institutions was an exponent of quality in education and had funds adequate for its essential purposes, Angus could not have been more fortunate in his academic circumstances.

He was aware that his promotions came not because he was a good scholar or teacher but because he was thought to have sound training and some executive ability. When a young man in the collegiate world develops a reputation for administration he is likely to be lifted to power and emoluments greater than those of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Preface 7
  • Part 1 - Education By Plan 13
  • I - Tribal Origins 15
  • II - Initiations 34
  • III - The Pursuit of Praise 49
  • IV - Puritan's Progress 75
  • V - Exploration 100
  • VI - The Academic Mind 121
  • VII - Men of Science 144
  • Part 2 - Education By Accident 161
  • VIII - Dollar Diplomacy 163
  • IX - The Oriental Mind 183
  • X - Political Economics 202
  • XI - The Political Mind 218
  • XII - The Social Animal 239
  • XIII - Unity and Diversity 259
  • XIV - Angus Emeritus 280
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