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April 17, 1920


Author Affiliations

President, State University of Iowa IOWA CITY

JAMA. 1920;74(16):1068-1070. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620160008003

Within recent years there has come about a changed conception in regard to the responsibility of the general public for welfare policies such as public education, public improvements, standards of living, and health. Within the last century we have seen America develop a great public educational system in which the state has undertaken to make provision for the education of persons of types of ability ranging from the subnormal to the keenest student in the land. As the years have gone by, each decade has shown a markedly increased willingness on the part of the state to provide for new variations in the educational needs of the public, until at the present moment it is hard to find a state that has not only assumed large responsibility for the training provided in elementary schools, high schools and ordinary collegiate institutions, but also made provision for the training in technical fields—agriculture,

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