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We print in another column an analysis of the athletic records of the graduates of private preparatory schools as compared with the physical achievements of men from public schools. Certainly one obvious conclusion may be drawn from the facts as stated, and this conclusion is further substantiated by statistics of strength tests compiled by Dr. D. A. Sargent of the Hemenway Gymnasium. It was in order to formulate some observations on the physical phase of education and to contrast it with the intellectual that Dr. Sargent has gathered this data, obtained from the examination of about 1,000 Freshmen of the classes of 1912, 1913, 1914, and 1915. Of the men examined 451 were from public schools and 579 from private schools. Dr. Sargent found that the private school men were in every way superior physically to public school men.
Several definite and potent factors account for this difference and indicate clearly why the private school man captures the athletic prizes and the public school graduate wins the scholastic honors. In the first place, as a general thing only the picked men who have won intellectual distinction in the public schools continue their education into advanced fields; on the other hand, practically all private school students enter college. Also, it is to be noted that a large number of the public school men in the honor lists receive a stipendiary scholarship, a consideration all too potent in the competition for academic distinction.
Furthermore, is is beyond question that private preparatory schools make much more of athletic training than do the public high schools. They have better facilities and a limited number of students, each one of whom receives a great deal of physical instruction. In fact, many private preparatory schools depend upon athletic notoriety to enlarge their constituency, whereas the public schools have no such incentive to athletic fame. It is not at all remarkable that the combination of these factors results in a situation, in which the private schools predominate in the physical, and the public schools in the intellectual phase of education.
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