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Universities as one of the five French officers sent "We definitely avoid publicity in first move on receiving his application
here to assist in the training of Amaeri- this matter," said he. "Our object is is simply to send him a number of
FRENCH AND AMERIC AN can troops, and was assigned to Fort not so much to send many American French university catalogues, and
(r Sill, Oklahoma. Since the war he has students to France as to send the best after perusing them if he still registers
(By Delbert Clark) been occupied with his educational ones. For this reason a student must interest enough to write again he re-
Supervised study, with work divided mission here, which occupies a place show a real interest in the proposition ceives more attention. In this way
into definite courses is the only pos- somewhat similar to that of the Ameri- before he 's seriously considered or giv- those who are only curious or mildly
sible system for American colleges can University union in France. en any encouragement whatever. Our interested are eliminated."

and universities, according to M. Jules
Champenois, who is in this country
on a permanent mission as a repre-
sentative of the French minister of
education. M. Champenois has charge
of the fellowships and scholarships
offered American students by French
universities, a system which has be-
come more and more comprehensive
during the past few years. M. Champ-
enols, whose permanent headquarters
are in New York City, is making a
trip to the various universities, and
was in Ann Arbor some time ago.
Under the European university sys-
tem, he said when interviewed, where'
the student follows a highly special-
ized line of work and is left practically
free in his study, many advantages are
to be found. The graduate of one of
these institutions is as a rule more
cultured, with a far greater fund of
workable knowledge and a greater
capacity for constructive work than'
the average American college graduate.
On the other hand, said M. Champe-
nois, a large percentage of students
at French universities never graduate.
The ones who do are select intellectu-
ally, having made good under an edu-
cational system where they were left
almost entirely on their own respon-
sibility. Sometimes, he said, not over
40 percent of those who study at a
French universitN are allowed a di-
ploma at the end of their course.
However, the American system Is
the only one for the inited States,
according to M. Champenois, who went
on to say that social conditions, espe-
cially family conditions and the up-
bringing of the general run of Ameri-
can children made a supervised sys-
tem absolutely imperative.
"You think, then," he was asked,
"that the European university system
would not work in this country?"
"Absolutely not," was the emphatic
reply. "And its introduction would,
I feel certain, be disastrous. Your
average American boy is reared wth
a feeling of considerable independence.
He is more independent of authority
than the French boy would dream of
being. Consequently, my friend, he
comes to your college more or less
of a bolshevik, and your system is
really necessary to round off the rough
edge and instill in him a wholesome
regard for discipline and constituted
authority. Any such system as holds
in European universities would be
disastrous to your social structure."
M. Champenois pointed out that what
he considered the main weakness of
the American university was the com-
paratively small place occupied by
graduate work. The graduate work,
he believes, is highly important, and
should be fostered to the fullest ex-
tent, eliminating the idea that four
years work is all a great educational
institution can give a student. The
proportion of graduate students should
be much higher than it is, he said.
M. Champenois came to this country
soon after war was declared in 1917,
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the more unnecessary wars that have
been fought in former times. Whether
we can hope for the complete aboli-
tion of war, or whether we minimize
the power of the new tribunal in
preventing a world-wide struggle, it
is certain that the court is a step in
the right direction, a marked improve-
ment over devices which have been
set up in the past."


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