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Practical Education

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At the joint meeting of the Southern Washtenaw and Norvell farmers' clubs, at residenoe of L. D. Watkins, June I, an interesting paper was read by A. R. Palmer, in which he discussed the question, "What constitutes a practical education for farmer's sons and daughters." The word "educated," he said, is often used in describing the mechanical motions of the dumb brute obeying his master's will, the lightning like movements of the musician's flngers, and the deft tumings of the mechanic's hand. " Adopting and extending the idea in these uses of the word, I would define an educated person to be one whose physical, intellectual and spiritual or moral faculties are so trained and developed that he can make the best use of them of which they are capable." It isn't a question of how much a man knows, but can he put to practical use what he does know ? Our teachers should try and cultívate in the minds of their pupils, the power of attention. One great faalt with the human race is the Uck of praclical application of what we know, a lack of power to concéntrate and control our thoughts. Disciplinary studies in schools unless very valuable, should be discontinued, and more time given to the study of practical questions. Botany, chemistry, and entomology would be of benefit to every farmer. An understandmg ot .Latín is beneficial to everyone, as the ñames of planta, insects, drugs, etc, are given and written in that language. The proper education or training of the moral character, is of the highest importance, and should not, cannot be relegated to the Sunday and day schools. They should only be considered as aids to the parents who mu9t of necessity do most of this work. The question then arises, Should the farmer study anything except what he will apply in his pursuit in after life t"


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