Caption: Board of Trustees Minutes - 1880
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" There is one proposition of fundamental importance in this whole matter of industrial education: If the pursuits of agriculture and the mechanic arts are ever to take, in th& estimation of men, the commanding position to which they are justly entitled, those who are educated for them must be as thoroughly and completely educated, as those who are trained for other pursuits and professions. I consider this truth, and the recognition of it, as absolutely vital to success. If a farmer or an artisan is as well educated as a lawyer, a physician, or a senator—if he has, I mean, as much knowledge, as profound a mastery of scientific and philosophical principles, as much self-knowledge and self-dependence, as much varied attainment, as much brainpower, thought power, and heart power, he will be* the peer of the latter, in influence and honor and usefulness and force, anywhere and everywhere and always—but if not, he will be inferior to the other in power and influence, and no device, or pretense, or declamation, or protest, or sophistry can make it otherwise. The difference will exist precisely as long as the causes that produced it; it is simply the difference between weakness and strength."—NEWTON BATEMAN.