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A part of the foundation's study of the relations of secondary and higher education in Pennsylvania, this experiment had the purpose, in the words of President Jessup, "to discover and measure the durable intellectual capital of young students—those live resources they are sure of and able to use." The real job however, he declares, "is to make clear to the young person that genuine self education is not merely going through college—that it is both a simpler and a far more serious business. The school and college can help, but the student must first learn that he stands alone and that his education is within him."
An Experiment in Responsible Learning: A Report to the Carnegie Foundation on Projects in Evaluation of Secondary School Progress 1929-1938. JAMA. 1940;115(19):1659. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810450073032
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