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12 THE MASSASOIT the individual to fit harmoniously and helpfully into the social whole. Our ideal, then, is not merely a school of Association technique, but one which shall develop the social spirit and the capacity for social service in a high degree. To that end we concentrate attention upon those subjects which have directly to do with mail ' s consti- tution and conditions , — the forces which make for his physical, mental, moral, and social de- velopment, and the principles which should control and direct men ' s relations with men. All the studies wdiich have to do with a man’s body and its upbuilding are shaped by the thought which is not new but given a new emphasis, “Sana mens in sano corpora.” While it is not always true that a good body means a good mind and character, it is true that mental and moral power have a close relation to physical condition. Physical vitality and control give to mind and character adequate means of expression. Genius has been defined as “power to work,” and power to work depends to a far greater degree than most men imagine on physical merely individual capacity, but a sense of social re- sponsibility. With leading educators in school and college and university we believe that education fails, unless it develops the truly social spirit, which enables Dormitory
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T aimng School Ideals Contributed by professor F). JM. Burr H S the Training School grows in the number and influence of its students and alumni, the ideals which have been its inspiration are more and more a matter of interest, hence there is no need to apologize for an attempt to formulate them briefly. The central thought of its educational program is, that “The proper study of man is man. ' ’ This does not throw any discredit, even by implication, upon the study of the natural sciences. We simply insist that man gives meaning to nature, and we study the natural sciences as they contribute to a larger knowl- edge of the nature and destiny of man. Our ideal is to develop a school of “The Humanities,” to use an historic word, or of “Humanics,” to use a more modern and descriptive word. “Humanics,” according to Webster, is the “Science of Human Nature.” It is a study of the physical, mental, moral, and social nature of man, and should furnish a scientific basis for social life and service. No attempt has been made to cover the whole field of education. We believe most heartily in college and university training. Many of our men are college graduates. We do believe, however, that it is to the advantage of the whole educational movement to have different types of specialized training developed to meet the needs of special professions, and social service is already a profession that needs its own tech- nical school. In developing a technical school for the training of those who wish to make the work of the Young Men’s Christian Association a life work, the “Logic of Cir- cumstance” has led us to emphasize an element of education which confessedly needs more emphasis in general education. One of our leading educators said not long since, in a public lecture, that the weak point of our modern education is that it is “too individual- istic, " and fails to develop in a large number of stu- dents the “social spirit.” The supreme object of ed- ucation from tbe standpoint of the state, which pays the bills, is to develop men and women who have not
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THE MASSASOIT 13 condition. A careful study of the men who are leaders in the business, political, and educational life of to-day shows that they are for the most part men who have inherited or acquired a high degree of nervous vitality. It is the steam in the human engine which gives it power to drive. It is of the greatest importance then that this dy- namic quality be conserved, increased, and handed down to coming generations. As so large a part of our population must live under the necessarily- artificial conditions of city life, it becomes increasingly necessary to make the conservation and development of this vital energy a matter of careful thought and an in- tegral part of our system of education. This the Training School is aiming to do with ever increasing success, not merely through the work of its graduates in the Young Men’s Christian Associations, but also in schools and colleges. This need is being so strongly felt that there is a great and growing demand from these schools, colleges, and universities for carefully trained teachers of physical training. This demand we can only meet in part as yet, but it is the ideal of the Training School to do so more and more, and to give Gymnasium physical training a new place in the program of gen- eral education. It will not be long before physical
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