"How Far Should a State Undertake to Educate" 299
There are indications, said the author, that some highly influential
persons had the purpose to inaugurate the Michigan plan-in whole or
in part-either immediately or gradually and ultimately, in North
Carolina. The tendencies of these things are too manifest to require
much discussion. As in Michigan, potent attractions are offered to
students to attend the State University-better positions in the schools,
especially the grade schools, and better hope of realizing political
aspirations. With these inducements the state institutions will have an
increased number of students and will use them in their plea for
increased appropriations from the Legislatures, and so on in endless
round, while the number of students in the colleges must decrease
with an accompanying decrease in income and endowment and
interest of friends.
Having considered both the actual situation in certain Western
States and manifest tendencies in the same direction in North
Carolina, Dr. Taylor reached these conclusions:
If this first opinion can be sustained, and if the people of any State decide to
accept the whole work of education, the higher as well as the lower, as one of the
functions of their State, then those who control the majority of the colleges for both
sexes within that State may expect not only to surrender the hope of larger and
better equipment, but in the course of time to close their institutions entirely.
If the revenues of any State are to be used, not in order to, but in such away as to
compete with colleges and academies in doing the work which the latter can do
without cost to the State, their ultimate doom is sealed. They may struggle on for a
few years, but the end will be only a question of
This was one view of the function of the State in education, one
which Dr. Taylor believed was gaining favor and threatened to prove
destructive to the Christian colleges in North Carolina
That President Taylor was not calling in question the honesty and sincerity and
patriotism of those who argued for the view under consideration is repeatedly
affirmed by him, as in this: "The writer is especially desirous of being understood to
say, not that there is a purpose or intent to injure or destroy these interests, but that
such results as have been suggested will be the natural outcome of causes which
have already begun to operate."
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