88 History of Wake Forest College
In his third article, on August 28, he urged the need of a large
endowment for furnishing the large number of teachers required to
manage a college properly, insisting that every teacher should be a
specialist well trained in the subject he teaches and devoting his
whole time to it. Since for the next ten years he was to have the
leading part in making the policies and directing the affairs of the
College, I am quoting his progressive views here "Generally our
colleges are imperfectly supplied with instructors. One professor is
expected to impart instruction in too many branches. Pick up a
catalogue of almost any of our Southern colleges, and you will see
that Professor A. is required to teach mathematics, pure and mixed,
chemistry, philosophy, geology, physiology, and it may be natural
history." etc. "Now I need not tell any man acquainted with the
science of teaching, that no man though he were an Admiral Crichton
himself, is competent to do justice to all these subjects. A professor of
Latin should teach the Latin tongue and its literature, and nothing
else, and so of Greek, and so also of modern languages, while the
exclusive and entire time of one man should be given to mathematics;
that of another to physical science; and I, for one, am clearly of the
opinion, that there should be in every college in the land, one other
man, and he a master workman, whose powers should be entirely
devoted to the English language and its literature. It is utterly
impossible for any man to become truly learned or to do justice to any
one of these departments who is not able to give all his time and
talents to his specialty. Good work we know is sometimes done by
men who have attempted to teach a half dozen classes, but they
always do themselves and their classes injustice."
Doubtless Pritchard's friends and admirers in the State considered
his goal of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars visionary and
utterly impossible of attainment. Elder J. S. Purefoy, who came to his
support, in the Biblical Recorder of September 4,
grounds exert a good moral as well as esthetic influence, and have much to do with
pleasing students and retaining them at college. Modern education requires
extensive and costly chemical, philosophical, and astronomical apparatus."
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