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June 21, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(25):904-905. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410250024005

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Are they as well adjusted as they might be? Is the average time required for our youth to pass the primary, the grammar or preparatory school and the college of liberal arts, and receive the degree of B.A., so great that the addition of three or four years required for acquiring a profession makes it unreasonably late before they can commence earning for themselves? The affirmative of this last question has been maintained by many, and during the last few years it has received the serious attention of some of our most eminent educators. Thus, Dr. Wm. Pepper, Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, in his address before the College Association of the Middle States and of Maryland, in November, 1889, says: "As our society is at present constituted, it is essential for the vast majority of young men to get at profitable work by the time they are twenty-three

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