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faith in the eternal things. Tennessee Military Institute has several such
personalities, and many hundreds of boys have been influenced by them.
Further, for a school to succeed in cultivating character, its institutional
policies must be thoroughly honest and free from all elements of trickery.
Sometimes a school preaches a Very impressive doctrine of righteousness and
then resorts to such questionable business or interscholastic practices as to
destroy any influence for good from its preaching.
Tennessee Military Institute makes no claim of perfection in this impor-
tant field. It does claim to be free from pretense, hypocrisy, and sham. It
is our belief that a high per cent of our boys every year admire the qualities
of the Christian gentleman and that many seek to cultivate these qualities in
III. BIG ENOUGH TO AFFORD A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM A small school,
-SMALL ENOUGH TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION unless heavily
e n d o W e d or
operated at a very high tuition rate, cannot afford to provide either a curric-
ulum embracing the essential branches or a recreational program that will
provide a desirable variety to cover the interests of all boys enrolled. There-
fore, a school that prefers to make up its enrollment from good middle-class
business and professional income brackets should be a medium-sized school
of about two hundred boys. In such a school, class sections can be organized
ranging from ten to fifteen boys to the class, enabling each teacher daily to
learn and care for the needs of each boy. It makes it possible for the admin-
istrative oflicers as well as teachers to know every boy in school. This re-
stores the values that have largely been lost in recent years as schools have
grown to such large numbers. Believing that these are important factors in
determining the quality of service we think a private preparatory school should
undertake to render, Tennessee Military Institute has set two hundred boys
as the attendance limit it will not exceed. The number of day students from
Sweetwater and adjacent towns is limited to twenty and the number of board-
ing students to 180.
IV. ADEQUATE, COMFORTABLE, Satisfactory school work is by no means con-
AND SANITARY BUILDINGS tingent on superfine buildings and showy
surroundings. In selecting a school We cer-
tainly would not rate the quality of the buildings as a first consideration. On
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Investigation in almost any city, town, or country high school community
will reveal that the weaknesses spoken of above have permeated the entire
land. Knowing the popularity of this superficial work in the public high
schools, many private academies have made similar modifications in their re-
quirements with equally disastrous results to academic thoroughness. It has
thus become necessary for parents seeking scholastic excellence to scan closely
both the courses offered in schools and the specific requirements for gradu-
ation to determine whether a school is maintaining sound standards or has
allowed itself to be washed out with the popular tide.
At Tennessee Military Institute, we believe that the cultivation of right
habits of study on the part of the pupil and the maintaining of sound scholas-
tic standards on the part of the school are just as important today as they
were a generation ago. While many colleges, especially those of the tax-
supported variety, have modified their programs to accept this ill-assorted
and heterogeneous collection of high school credits, they have done so with
inestimable damage to their own educational standing and with consequent
cheapening of their own product. Tennessee Military Institute is committed
to the policy of thoroughness in each of its departments of work, namely,
English, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, History, and Science for those
preparing for college or professional schools, and to a policy of equal thor-
oughness in Accounting, Economics, Business Law, Investments, Taxation,
Advertising, etc., for those preparing for business instead of college. We in-
vite a careful scrutiny of our courses of study explained on later pages.
Over a long period of years, a very high per cent of our graduates have entered
leading colleges. Many of these have made and are now making distin-
guished records in schools of the most exacting requirements. Evidences
supporting this statement will be furnished to any inquirer.
II. FACTORS WHICH Before any school can promise to cultivate
CULTIVATE CHARACTER character, it must remove the factors that under-
mine character. Of first importance is the facul-
ty. No teacher of questionable personal habits or standards can be employed
or retained. On the positive side, the school must be ofiicered and the classes
must be taught by men of such high ideals and such genuine conceptions of
sound character that the pupil will be influenced both consciously and un-
consciously to emulate the qualities he admires in one or more of his teachers.
Character cannot be forcibly injected into a boy. The most potent factor in
cultivating character is coming in intimate contact constantly with men of
genuine convictions and unswerving loyalty to their ideals. It is important
that these ideals be connected with genuine religious reverence and a steady
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the other hand, it should be recognized that clean, comfortable living and work-
ing quarters do contribute to the happiness and contentment of students and
thereby increase the probability of satisfactory scholastic progress. That is
what we provide at Tennessee Military Institute - buildings that are clean
and comfortable. We invite visits of inspection.
V. PERMANENCE It is a sad experience for a person to attend a school which
closes its doors and passes out of existence during the
lifetime of its graduates. Recent years have furnished several such instances.
In selecting a school, some thought should be given to stability and perma-
nence. While no school would be justified in claiming its own immortality,
Tennessee Military Institute has much that promises continuance for a long
period. Founded in the hard days shortly after the War between the States,
it has successfully weathered several seasons of financial stress and strain.
At the end of the recent depression, it could be truly said of T. M. I. that it
was in better condition than at its beginning--and that without causing a
cent of loss to any creditor.
Since its founding, it has had three groups of long-term administrators.
The first of these continued for twenty-six years, the next for thirteen years,
and the present group has been in charge since 1919. This makes for
steadiness of policy and general stability.
Despite its sixty-five years of age, the school has all the characteristics of
a steadily increasing vigor. It was moved to a new campus thirty years ago
and that campus is just now reaching a peak of beauty and attractiveness
Which classes it with the most beautiful school premises in America. More
than 350,000.00 have been expended on plant and campus improvements in
the last three years.
VI. ENVIRONMENT, LOCATION, Beautiful surroundings help to cultivate a
ACCESSIBILITY love of the beautiful-an important element
inthe education of a cultured gentleman.
In this respect, Tennessee Military Institute is most fortunate. Not only is
our own campus very beautiful, but the views from the campus are beautiful
in all directions. The Great Smoky Mountains are visible most of the time
in one direction, the Chilhowee Mountains in another, and the Cumberlands
in another. Several times each winter, with no sign of snow at Sweetwater,
the Smokies are snow-capped.
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