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might not be adapted to the young men of North Carolina. But what
he wanted he went and took.22
One handicap to high standards of college education in the North
Carolina of that day was the faulty preparation of students. This had
to be taken account of by all the higher educational institutions of the
State, and in some way or another provision had to be made for
removing the deficiencies of students with this faulty preparation.
Although Wake Forest at this time had no preparatory department its
catalogues did not conceal the fact that such provision for removing
deficiencies in the preparation of students was made in the College,
and, that too, not by private tutors but by members of the faculty. For
many years it was necessary to do work of sub-collegiate grade in
Latin, Greek and Mathematics. President Pritchard had complained of
this evil, for which there long seemed to be no remedy. President
Taylor took account of it in nearly all his reports, always hopefully
looking forward to the time when sub-collegiate classes would no
longer be needed.
Ironically enough the heads of high schools began to complain of
the general practice of the colleges and universities in admitting such
unprepared students, the burden of their complaint being that "The
preparatory schools which ought to be the very source of life to the
colleges and universities, are impoverished by the system, and our
whole educational interest suffers." 23
This was at the beginning of a quarrel between high schools and
academies and colleges that continued for a quarter of a century, the
academies complaining that the colleges took their students to college
and gave them high school work, and in this way robbed them of their
revenue and support. In 1890 the quarrel was brought to the Board of
Trustees of the College, and at the commencement of that year two of
their members, G. W. Greene
See quotation, above p. 267, from the Catalogue of the College for 1891-92.
23 Article by E. E. Hilliard, Wake Forest Student, IV, 283. See also article by G.
W. Greene, Wake Forest Student, II, 379ff, "Schools for Secondary Education" and
W. T. Whitsett, Ph.D., article The Place of the Academy in Our Educational System,
in Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina, 1896-97,
pp. 400ff.
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