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PRINCETON It was as President of Princeton that Mr. Wilson was
first enabled to give proof of that force of character and
executive ability which, ten years later, made him President of the
United States. An American University offers far more opportunity
than an English University, composed of separate and practically
autonomous colleges, for an individual will to impress itself upon
the educational and social policy of the whole institution. His
twelve years of work as a professor had enabled Mr. Wilson to form
very decided views as to the defects of the existing system. He
approached his new task in the spirit of a genial but resolute
reformer, both on the educational and on the social side. The
educational part of his programme he carried out with brilliant
success; on the social side he encountered difficulties which he
very nearly overcame, but which ultimately proved insuperable.
There had for some time been a tendency in American Universities to
allow their undergraduates undue latitude in the choice of their
subjects of study. They were too readily permitted to follow the
line of least resistance, and either to obey the dictates of
immature taste (more rightly to be termed fancy), or to specialize
too soon on " bread-studies," as distinct from the less obviously
remunerative branches of study which are essential to mental
discipline and general culture. To this abuse of the " elective "
system Mr. Wilson offered a determined opposition, which produced
excellent results at Princeton, and has had great influence in
other universities. He insisted on the necessity of a certain
amount of " drill" as the basis of all sound education. In an
address to Princeton alumni, delivered in New York soon after he
entered upon office, he said: There are different sorts of...
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