By Alexander D.C. Peterson
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Then we must help to objectify them and absorb them in discussion and, finally, put them on paper. To take a concrete example : suppose a citizen of Uganda is concerned about the state of affairs in the Congo where people just like himself are going through times of great stress and confusion, and people of tribes perhaps closely related to his own are in danger and distress. He may begin by listening to all that he can hear of the tales told by eye-witnesses; he will read all he can in newspapers; but when the confusion of conflicting impressions and emotions becomes unbearable, if he takes up a book and reads about similar times of social upheaval in the past, the collapse of law and order in Germany at the time of the Thirty Years War, or in England at the time of the Wars of the Roses, he achieves objectivity and begins to perceive the underlying patterns of human behaviour.
One has the feeling that these are palliatives rather than panaceas. Clearly, additional steps may have to be taken either to make a given number of teachers instruct more students or to improve the extent of the supply through better training programmes. 3. Preparation in the Graduate School.
There is comfort, however scant, in knowing that this is not a new phenomenon. Thomas Jefferson, at the time of the founding of the University of Virginia (chartered 1819) had real difficulty in securing a faculty 54 TERTIARY EDUCATION which met his standards. A young man by the name of Francis Gilmer was finally sent on a talent search to England from which he brought back five of the first professors—an early example of what in Britain is now called the "Brain Drain". Roughly half a century later Charles William Eliot, in his inaugural address as President of Harvard in 1869, observed that it was " very hard to find competent professors for the University.
Tertiary Education by Alexander D.C. Peterson