In the last decade of President Taylor's administration a movement
was started which promised to be of immense value to the College;
this was the movement for a Baptist system of high schools and
colleges of the State. We have seen that President Taylor some years
earlier in his reports to the Board of Trustees had urged the
advantages of such a coordinated system of schools, embracing the
colleges for men and women, but at the time the plea was disregarded
and almost forgotten owing to the immediate problem of resisting
what was regarded as the unfair competition for students of the
president of the University of North Carolina, and owing also to the
interest in public school education which had been so greatly
quickened by the discussion excited by Dr. Taylor's pamphlet, How
Far Should a State Undertake to Educate? The children of North
Carolina and their education were the chief concern of all our pepole.
Said Professor J. Y. Joyner in an address to the North Carolina
Teachers' Assembly in June,
"Our aim is-a high and holy one it
is-the emancipation of 400,000 human beings from the curse of
ignorance." This holy aim was kept in view by State Superintendent
C. H. Mebane, 1897-1901, in his wise policies-consolidated school
districts and appropriations from the State treasury for the weaker
schools. During all these years the Baptists and friends of Wake
Forest College were expressing their satisfaction at the increasing
interest in public education and the impulse given it by the
"Educational Governor," Aycock. "There has never been a time,"
reads a report to the Caldwell Association of 1903, "when the Baptist
people were so alive to education as now." 2
1 Biblical Recorder, June 24, 1896.
Like reports are to be found in the minutes of nearly all the forty-five Baptist
Associations of these years. In the reports on "General Education" of the Baptist
State Convention, much joy is indicated in the improvement
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