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American Standardization in Education
«JN ENGLAND you go to the university to develop yourself,
while in America you go to the university to distinguish
yourself. ’ ’
There is material for careful thought in that sentence,
quoted from an article in “Time” (January 5), which deals
with the experience of “a thoughtful student from the London
School of Economics,” who recently spent five months journey
ing through the United States, visiting many universities and
colleges and observing systems of education as carried out in
He continues “When the boy gets in, he receives something
entirely different from what is known as a university education
in Europe. He gets, not so much insight into ways of thinking
and methods of reasoning, not so much a background of culture,
as a training in ‘leadership,’ ‘citizenship’ and ‘character.’
“The center of gravity is in the world of action far more
than in the world of thought.
“You get the same tendency echoed in the academic atmos
phere. I was struck by the excellence, the vigor and the com
petence with which affair^ relating to the world of action are
handled. I found that most everyone could use a typewriter
and drive an automobile. ... I found that the applied
sciences, such as medicine and engineering and agriculture,
and the vocational studies, such as law, are at the best taught
(and learned) far better than in England.
“But when it came to what one may call by contrast the
world of thought quite the opposite was the case. Pure science
and the purely cultural subjects, such as classics and literature
and art, are absolutely inferior in most cases, and usually ne
-gjeeted, . . . Accordingly, although one meets students who
'Obviously show promise of becoming great engineers, great
doctors, captains of industry and so forth, one rarely if ever
meets a student who seems destined to become a Darwin, a
Beethoven, a Shelley.
“One of the main reasons why the American university
system is not going the right way to produce men of genius
in art and philosophy, pure science and literature, is because
the diversity of character is not encouraged but supressed;
for genius is the flower of exceptional diversity.
“It occurred to me that there is no real individualism what
ever in America in the sense of there being a true diversity of
character and personality. For this lack the university system
is largely responsible.”
As in the first sentence quoted, there is much to think about
in the words of this Englishman, whose name, unfortunately,
was not given in the article. I believe there has been, however,
a very definite feeling among educators and among a larger
and larger group of students each year that in the American
system of education through the state institution, some provi
sion must be made soon to allow a free rein to those scholars
who are really desirous of attaining some degree of culture. From
this fact, it seems this observer is slightly over-zealous in his
denunciation of the lack of individualism. The very fact that
there is an increasing demand for the so-called “voluntary
education,” where the student works out his own destiny with
out the artificial stimulation of frequent examinations and
quizzes, shows that.
Evidently this “careful student” does not take into con
sideration this increasing demand for freedom and individual
ism, nor of the few colleges where this has been attempted to
some degree, as Amherst a few years ago, Cornell and Reed at
the present time.
Theft' is no question, of course, that Americans tend to
ward standardization, and that this trait has even crept into
the educational systems.
As stated once before in the Emerald, the solution in a state
university, where popular education exists, and where such a
large group of citizens may have the advantages of free higher
learning, seems to lie in the development of a separate school,
within the university, where Freedom and true scholarship
may flourish for those who desire such privileges and are
qualified to maintain them. Then there will be a chance that
we may develop “a Darwin, a Beethoven, a Shelley.” It will
give them a chance, anyway.
It is true, also, that many American students seem to go to
college to distinguish themselves rather than to develop them
selves. A considerable portion of, these realize, in their third or
fourth year, that they are not in college to distinguish them
selves and they proceed to remedy the error before it is too
late. It is this group which is making the demand that it be
allowed to develop and study seriously, and which is taking
up the fight more and more strongly against time-killing and
enervating and useless “activities.”
There is hope. In the University of Oregon there are a
number of broadminded faculty members who realize what is
needed and are turning from the stiff-necked and narrow
methods of kindergarten discipline and are experiment
ing in their classes by giving the students a chance to avoid ;
the mould of standardization and develop naturally into indi-!
viduals. Even though this trial is being made upon whole j
classes, with no thought of discrimination between those fitted
for this voluntary work and those who are not, excellent re
sults are being obtained, as shown by the high quality of work
accomplished and by the enthusiasm of the students themselves
in approving of and not taking advantage of their liberties.
There is hope.
W. A. C.
Speaking of absent-minded pro
fessors we noticed a geology prof
I yesterday with his tie on but not
tied. Needless to say his lecture
on glaciers did not get the attention
given his unwrapped cravat.
» * •
“Some girls do and some girls
don *t! ”
“Why, some of them chew and
* * *
College is a funny place,
According t® the movies.
All one does is pig and chase,
According to the movies.
One drinks and gambles most the
And never does one save one thin
According to the movies.
It all seems strange but just the
We saw it in the movies.
We didn’t see a paddle there,
Or ice water with its awful glare.
There was no note of any bloke,
Being hard up and always broke.
There is nothing but the best,
One has nothing of the rest,
In the movies.
Notices will be printed in this column
for two issues only. Copy must be
in this office by 5 :30 on the day before
it is to be published, and must be
limited to 20 words.
Track Aspirants and anyone inter
ested in turning out for track,
both varsity and frosh, meet at
1 o’clock Saturday afternoon on
Hayward field for important dis
cussion of track matters.
Annual Co-op Meeting — Villard
hall, Thursday, January 15, at 4
Wesley Club—Prof. F. S. Dunn will
give an illustrated lecture on the
Journeys of Paul, Sunday morn
Students should present tiekejts
when purchasing seats for “Ham
let” at Heilig tonight, in order
to get reduction.
University Orchestra—Will meet
Monday evening at 8:30 o’clock,
in full dress for picture.
Pool In Woman’s Building—Will be
open from 2:30 to 4 p. m. for vol
untary swimming. It will cpunt
as house practice.
Students who have to earn the
cost of their tuition, books, clothes
and board while attending college
afford the scholastic and personal
adviser innumerable knots to dis
entangle, Every executive is be
seiged with requests from high
school graduates for situations of
self-support. While there nr^ us
ually several such opportunities,
there never seems to bo enough to
The different ways of earning
one’s maintenance while in college
and the effect of them on a stu
dent’s development ns he passes
through, have concerned me since
my own student days. I attended
lectures with young men who got
their education in this manner, and
now for several years T have dealt
wth others as an adviser and teach
er. The kinds of work they under
take ore almost bejvond belief,
ranging from mowing lawns and do
ing stenographic work to peeling
potatoes in a restaurant or mining
coal under hazardous conditions.
Some of these chaps do remark,
ably well, and occasionally the ad
viser gives approval to methods of
self-support that in a strict sense
he feels sure are not the best. In
mv experience I have dealt with
two blind students who were earn
ing a part of their living expanses.
Neither could see to read a word
or recognize a friend. One of them
“paid for his keep” by washing
dishes at his boarding house, yet
when his semester grades worn all
received he had an average of 85
for lti hours of work.
Knowing his pluck I complimen
ted him on his good slewing. But
he stopped me abruptly; “I’ve got
to do better than that!” He does
not have to get an education under
such adverse circumstances, but it
is his preference. He w-ants to
prove to people that he as well as
the rest of the world, is all right.
But the average studemt who
works his way—and I have known
dozens of them—does not progress
so well as these two fine fellows,
supposedly dependent. They either
do not have the necessary native
intelligence to begin with or lack
the determination that helps the'j
sightless worker to surmount all ob
I still recall the prospective young
minister in my Greek class when I
was a student. He was “waiting
table” in a hotel for his meals) and
delivering laundry for his clothes
and-book money. Of course he spent
! almost nothing for recreation. He
is vividly before me—blundering
over the irregular verbs, making
ridiculous translations, yet heartily
resenting the mild criticisms that
! the old Greek professor was obliged
j to make of his work. And after
class he would sometimes protest
to ,me that the whole world was
down on him, including his teach
ers. He studied as earnestly as he
could, he insisted, but what a drag
! on his time and energy were those
I outside tasks.
Not many weeks ago there ap
peared at my desk a brusk and mus
cular youngster who in some way
or other not clear to me and a good
many others, was enjoying a sortl
of athletic, scholarship. He made
an urgent request that I schedule
all his courses for the morning
hours, for he must practice most
afternoons and evenings, and many;
week-ends he expected to be away
with the team. He took advice re
luctantly. He already knew what
he wanted, when he wanted it, and
how much of it. Well, perhaps, I
acquiesce in the program he has
drawn up. But I know the results
before he visits his first class. I
have met his kind too often before.1
First comes a warning from the!
keeper of attendance records. Then I
I am stopped on the campus by onej
of his teachers who reports good
attendance and no preparation.
Finally the midsummer report ar
rives. In every subject a mark
forecasting failure. At this junc
ture I called the young drifter in.
He has been loafing too much, yes,
he acknowledges it. But, my, what
promises he makes! He certainly
will study more and waste less time.
There’s no other alternative, ha
agrees. The semester at last comes
to a close. He barely passes in half
of his subjects and fails or condi
tions the rest. And why? Because
he was not working? No. Because
he has been working too hard at
something other than his presum
ably main job.
College presidents even are said
to fail because, being expected to
act as both a competent business
scholastic head, they find their,
stride too short and their horseman- j
ship too bungling to engage both ,
fractious steeds at the same mo- |
ment. The Scripture has something ,
to say about no man being able to :
serve two masters at the same time.'
I At the Theatres I
THE CASTLE—Last day: Hoot
Gibson, the West’s favorite
son, in “The Hidin’ Kid from
fPowder River,” thundering
hoofs in the night ... a riot
of shots . . .all the sheriff’s
horses and all the sheriff’s
men couldn’t catch the Ridin’
Kid for he was headed right
into the jaws of death to save
the girl who said she hated
him. It’s Hoot’s breeziest
comedy drama, replete with
thrills and fast riding; Sun
shine comedy, “Dangerous
Curves,” with the Sunshine
beauty chorus furnishing both
—and many a hearty laugh
! to boot; Castle music score.
Coming: “Changing Hus
bands,” a comedy royal, with
Leatrice Joy, Raymond Grif
fith, ZaSu Pitts and Victor
ri!E REX—Last day: The di
vine Norma Talmadge in “The
Only Woman,” with Eugene
O ’Brien, a drama of love that
won a man his courage and
found happiness for the only
woman who helped him make
his fight; Andy Gump com
edy, “Oh, What A Day,” j
with Andy, Min and Chester
at their funniest; Rosner in
atmospheric accompaniment 1
on the mighty Wurlitzer.
HEILIG—Today, “The Three
Musketeers” and “Hamlet.” j
Coming, “The Silent Ac- j
cuser,” with Peter the Great, !
police dog actor; “Captain
Blood,” Sabatini’s great mas
terpiece of the sea.
OIL WELLS DISCOVERED
AT UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
University of Texas—Recentlv
discovered oil wells on the campus
of the University of Texas will
yield that school a royalty of two i
hundred and fifty thousand to five
hundred thousand dollars. The
money will go into the university
permanent endowment fund and the
interest derived will be used for
the construction of the new build
, This is apparently the situation of
| the college youth who tries to carry
(a study schedule of 15 hours and
do a part of a day’s work on an
average charge of human energy.
He seldom makes his employer en
thusiastic about him, and he fails
in more than half his attempts to
gain a thorough mastery of the sub
jects he came to college to study.
Far better, it seems to me, would
it be for nine college boys out of
ten to concentrate on industrial or
bilsineps work a year 'and then to.
concentrate on their academic stud
ies the next year. To each then
they can give their best interest,
energy and time. In either they
can establish all the habits that
make for success in the various
occupations and professions, such
as regularity, concentrated effort,
uniformity of accomplishment, and
after a while better and more pro
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Volume 4SATURDAY, A. M. Number 8
DUE BUREAU STAR! ED
New Department Formed
As the winter social season ap
proaches, it will interest the read
ers of our paper a great deal to
know that OBAK’S CBIEB is start
ing a date bureau which will enable
all students to participate in the
carnival events staged by the vari
ous social gfoups. Of course a
movement of this kind cannot live
without funds and a fee will be
charged for each date secured.
The following are the charges:
All formal dates.$1.00
Sorority and Fraternity House
dances according to rating
See list posted in administration
hall for ratings of various houses
and for photographs of prospective
dates. These will not be blind
dates as each purchaser is allowed
to browse over the faces in our
collection and select the best we
MUSICAL TO BE HELD
Obakg wishes to announce the
grand opening of the new music
hall and the christening of its new
million dollar Organ. This organ
is the best of its kind in the state
and OBAK’S is very proud of it as
it makes a handsome addition to
the equipment of Obak’s College.
With the advent of this new organ
the faculty feels that the members
of the college may be able to
spread 'their interests over a larger
field than the former schedule of
pool and billiards.
The winter quarter at OBAK’S
shows a marked increase in enroll
ment, especially in the counter
courses and billiard department.
Registration officials estimated that
enrollment this week was the larg
est in the history of the college and
look forward to a busy winter
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