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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1929

ral E|||kMI TW|||U FRIDAY,1I Ie JUY112, 1929

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demic background that is needed
but more fitness for teaching.
Consequently, the other alterna-
tive is the only one worthy of con-
sideration. Degrees must be made
of secondary importance in hiring
teachers. There must be more at-
tention paid to the person and less
to the record which he sends on
before him.
Indeed, so great has become the
tendency to worship degrees that
even high schools are beginning
to stipulate that applicants must
hold these or those academic quali-
fications to secure positions. Such
an attitude will certainly lessen the

EDITORIAL STAFF Value of all class work in time, and
Telephone 4925 by making classes uninteresting,
MANAGING EDITOR will contribute to the dangerous
LAWRENCE R. KLEIN rise in power of extra-curricular
Editorial Director..........Howard F. Shout activities. And, to the teachers
Women's Editor ...........Margaret Eckels who have come to Michigan this
City Editor...................Charles Askrea summer, and to the superinten-
Music and Drama E4ditor.. R. Leslie Askren 1
Books Editor........ ...Lawrence R. Klein dents who employ them, we should
Sports Editor............5. Cadwell Swanson like to point out that the human
Night Editors qualities in education are much
Howard F. Shout Walter Wilds more important than the scientific
S. Cadwell Swanson Harold Warren methods with which they are ap-
Charles Askren 1yp
Assistants plied. The glorification of the de-j
Ben Manson Ledru Davis gree cannot be tolerated if edu-
DorothMGuseiillar Marey cation in America is to be guid-1
Paul Showers ed by true ideals of learning and

Telephone 21214


BUSINESS MANAGER Eleven western states have form-
BUSINES. MAAGE ed an association for the advance-
LAWRENCE E. WALKLEY ment of aeronautics. The new or-
Assistant Business Manager........Vernor Davis ganization is to consist of one re-
Publications Manager ................Egbert Davis
Circulations Manager............Jeanette Dale presentative from each of thel
Accounts Managere..............NoahtBryant states interested; these will be ap-i
pointed by the governors. The
_ - new organization is the first of 'its
Night Editor-S. Cadwell Swanson kind in the country, and is to "work
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1929 to bring all state aviation laws into
FRIDAY,_____ JUL__,__Iconformity with federal regulations
THE ALMIGHTY DEGREE with a view to greater uniformi-
Statistics have been published Europe has made much greater
showing that over half of the en- strides in aviation than has Amer_
rollment in the present Summer rica, and is atipresent far in ad-
Session consists of members of the cand is at presercin ad-
teaching profession, prospective or transportation. Of late, it is true,
already doomed. After considera- the United States has been making
ble investigation among these in- great progress in this field, but av-
dividuals, we have come to the con- iation industries and organizations
elusion that an overwhelming ma- are yet far behind. This situation
jority are on the campus for only can be remedied only by the active
one reason-namely, to obtain de- encouragement and support of ae-
grees. Of course, in itself, this lit- ronautics by every individual, as-
tle pastime does no harm. A long sociation, and political group in the
list of capital letters after a name country. The universities and tech-
undoubtedly adds something to it. nical schools must devote them-
But in the effect which this wild) selves to the training of young men
scramble for degrees is having is and women in all branches of avia-
to be found one of the most per- tion and aeronautical engineering
nicious and destructive influences and to the development of the sci-
in the world of educational train entific side of the industry. The
ing. government must lend its adminis-
In the first place, indeed most' trative and legislative support, not
of the degrees granted in colleges to the extent of subsidizing, but
today are meaningless. They re- certainly to the extent of placing
present merely that certain indi- all the governmental machinery
viduals, who as a class range fromt .h
the most intelligent to thosed in aIdsposalo f flyers and engineers;
state bordering on mere inocuous- this would include government
ness, have succeeded in worming weather bureaus, engineers, and1
their way through some years of scientists, and legislation to protect
college work. They may be an in-i
dication of considerable work, but aviation and to facilitate its pro-
often they are the result of hours Tgress.
spet sttig oen-outed n te IThe action of these eleven wes-
spent sitting open-mouthed in the tern states is important in that it
class room while a vague figure at is the first move that has been
the front of the room pours forth made by state governments to
wisdom in a dry and somewhat throw their whole support for av-
hesitating manner. Disregarding ,h -ation. It may very possibly re-
the quality of the work done, how- sult in something more than the
ever, there is a question whether a half-hearted assistance which has
degree that has really been earned been given. The new organization
should. be the "open sesame" that should have a decided influence on
it is, to the teaching profession. A the advance of aviation in the west.
degree, after all, can mean only However, to be most effective it
ability to study and do research; should be extended to take in the
it cannot mean personality, teach- other thirty-seven states also; it is
ing ability, patience, sympathy, or national progress which is needed
any of the other qualities that
should go into the making of a in this matter and not sectional
teacher. Why then should we make progress. While this project will
ther.egrhthecriteionshbuydwhmcbe a benefit, there is no reason why
the degree the criterion by which it shouldn't be made a country-
we judge the individual's fitness wide influence. The future of aV-
for teaching? Should not person- iation must be insured at all cost.
al qualities be ranked first in im-
portance and a deep, exhaustive
knowledge of a certain subject or Editorial Comment
subjects second? Teaching is not
knowledge, it is dissemination of I LAW ENFORCEMENT NOT A
knowledge, and logically the des- PARADOX
semination is the primary part of
(From The Daily Iowan)

About Books -
TONIGHT: The Michigan Re-
pertory Players present "Wed-
ding Bells," a hilarious comedy
of the altar bound by Salisbury
Field, in Mendelssohn Theater,
beginning at 8:15 o'clock.
s* * *
"the Bright Thread," by Cornelia
Geer LeBoutillier; Doubleday, Do-
ran and Co. Inc. $2.50.
"It is a story for those who rec-
ognize and value the things of the
spirit." So reads the blurb on the
jacket; and the content of the no-
vel only serves to crystallize the I
reader's half formed fear that once
more the Victorian scale of values
is being brought out of the musty
storehouse of categorical ethics to
make a ground work for human
Under more skillful hands "The
Bright Thread" might have emerg-
ed as satire. It might have be-
come a searching and yet sympa-
thetic criticism of those dear peo-
ple-for whom there must be an
especial Heaven somewhere-- who
achieve serenity of spirit in a To-
day that is impatient for Tomor-
row by believing themselves still
in a remote Yesterday. Aldous Hux-
ley has embalmed one of these
characters in "Point and Counter-
point;" Mrs. LeBoutillier might
have captured a whole novel full
of them. Born in New York City
some thirty years ago, and the
daughter of a onetime Vicar of St.-
Paul's Chapel in Trinity Parish, in
New York, Mrs. LeBoutillier . has
fhad material immediately availa-
ble. Undoubtedly she has become
familiar with the sophistication
which her characters affect as a
cloak for their mediaevalism in
spirit, and the incidents in her
torsy bear witness to her under-
standing, at least in the main is-
sues, of the genuine motives which
prompt their action. But Mrs. Le-
Boutillier has become emotionally
so implicated with her characters
that her story soon wanders from
the criticism and satire and ends
up in an effort to prove that the
part of which she is writing is the
whole of the social stream; that the
fly in the amber is the whole prec-
ious substance.
It would be possible to forgive
Mrs. LeBoutillier this fundamental
fallacy if in other directions her
work showed at least the promise
of brilliance in literary craftsman-
ship. "The Bright Thread" is her
first novel; previous efforts in the
short story form have appeared in
"The Atlantic Monthly" and other
magazines. But in two important
directions Mrs. LeBoutillier has
failed in her craft.
Perhaps the more important of
these is style. The story of Michael
Locke's boyhood and youth,
throughout which he has tried to
follow the bright thread of the
spirit as a guide through the laby-
rinth of coarseness, is told in a
very level key, doubtless from a de-
sire to avoid melodramatizing. But
such technique makes demands on
stylistic skill that only the most
skillful writers have generally suc-
ceeded with. Mrs. LeBoutillier has
not been able to achieve the deli-,
cate variety, the flexible touch, or I
the subdued richness that saves
understatement from becoming a

In other directions the failing is
less obvious but implies a deeper
seated disability in the author. This
is in the matter of psychological in-
quiry into the motives that actu-
ate the characters. The argument
from motive, classicized in Hamlet,
is perennial; and yet it would seem
the author's duty so to identify and
explore character that motive and
action follow inevitably. The ac-
tions of her characters Mrs. LeBou-
tillier has made credible; they are
undoubtedly taken from life. But
in her analysis she has not follow-
ed the trail of inquiry with quite
the same accuracy. The theme of
the Victorian categories which she
has tried to revive has influenced
her, with the result that psycholo-
gical analysis gives way to moral
rationalization and the characters
emerge only dimly as real people
from behind the tissue of ethical
It should be interesting, however,
if Mrs. LeBoutillier were to recon-
sider the material she has at hand
and with which she is so intimate-
ly acquainted, and by achieving a
critical disinterest toward those
who are now apparently so near
her heart were to treat them crit-
ically and with sympathetic sa-
tire, to capture for the somewhat
impatient readers of today some of
the nobilities and stupidities of an
outworn but once useful ethics.
R .LA.

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We have, then, two alternatives:
either to make the degree mean
added value as a teacher, or to
make the holding of a degree sec-
ondary in selecting teachers. The
first is obviously unsatisfactory un-
der present conditions. In the time
when colleges were small, and ev-
ery individual applying for a de-
gree was more or less personally
known by the faculty, the words,
"degree for which you have been
recommended" meant something.
Today, everything personal in the
matter has been done away with,
and it is seldom that the instructor
himself has any more than a nod-
ding acquaintanceship with the
students in his classes. Conse-
quently, the only way in which a
degree could be made to mean more
would be by increasing the require-
ments for study and research. This
is leading in the opposite direc-
tion from the needs of the teach-)
in nrnfesinn- it is not more aca-

Stories of one kind or another
about prohibition agents continue
to fill the front pages of the nevr-
papers. In Illinois two dry snoop-
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transporting and giving away li-
quor to minors. They made a so-
cial affair of their duties and had
a general good time.
The amusing part about the
situation is that the complaint
was made by an alleged saloon
proprietor. His declaration was to
the effect that there is nothing in
the dry law which permits snoop-
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good time to trap liquor violators.,
If questioned these two detectives
would probably say they were only
engaged in the discharge of their
official duties.
These men were not only violat-
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