At the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges, its president urged that the college should strive to develop leaders in peace as well as in war, and pointed to the training in sciences and in fields of economics as tending rather towards the latter.
That efforts of every kind should be made in the direction of World Peace is a self-evident fact, but the means to this end are not quite as apparent. Granted that the colleges should do all within their power to further such a movement, still there is no reason to believe that education as it is today, does not accomplish this aim. A student of economy who learns that seventy-two cents out of every dollar paid in taxes goes to maintain armament of one kind or another, or who learns of the enormous possibilities of applying science to industries, will be the first to urge a lasting peace. Although the attitude with which these courses are given is naturally of primary importance, it is difficult to see how the colleges can add much to their present curricula, even in the interests of peace.
The starting point of every great reform is the discovery by the statesmen of the time that it is an economic necessity. While the officers of the Association were in Washington, they might well have used a portion of their time in visiting some of the men of this day who hold the affairs of the nation in their hands.