It is with high hopes, and genuine thankfulness that the CRIMSON learns of the generous appropriation granted to the University toward the foundation of a School of Education. Not only has school-teaching fallen into the position of a disgracefully neglected profession in America, but even the more specialized and advanced scholars who teach in our colleges are forced to pursue their calling in the face of popular indifference toward educational matters such as is almost unheard of in England and on the Continent. This indifference has manifested itself in what often amounts to popular resistance toward all but the most rudimentary of general educational training, and at the same time has, as we too are aware, kept down the salaries of school-teachers and college instructors to a shamefully inadequate level. This is chiefly true in the schools, both public and private, in which able and qualified men are only driven to accept so low a stipend as the school-teacher's because of physical infirmity or failure in business or other professional fields.
Of course the mere establishment of the Charles W. Eliot Fund for a Harvard Educational School will not mean the development of an immediate cultural Utopia in New England. But at the same time it is a most generous initial step in a campaign, which is bound to come, if America is to continue to turn out ever more completely educated men to cope with her problems at home and abroad.
If, as we believe, this initial donation is but the first step in a drive for richer and more profitable results in education, it will tend toward the eventual raising of the whole standard of American education,' and of the esteem in which. American schoolmasters and instructors are held. Certainly thanks are due for this generous appropriation to Mr. John D. Rockefeller and the General Educational Board of which he is chairman, from all college men who are interested in the broad subject of American culture.