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Set up and electrotyped. Printed September, 1908
THE MASON-HENRY PRESS
PREFACE The labor problem has always been one of the chief causes of economic thought and research. In recent decades this problem has held a predominant place in the minds of students of economic questions. Economists, when considering this complex problem, have often overlooked one very important factor,-education. John Stuart Mill stands preeminent among economists in recognizing the true value of education in the betterment of the masses and in the solution of the labor problem. The pages of this volume are devoted to a consideration of the educational problems which are vitally and indivisibly connected with the social and industrial betterment of the people of the United States. The author hopes that it may lead to a more general recognition of the truth that modifications in education are demanded on account of industrial and social evolution, and with this they should keep pace.
Portions of several chapters have already appeared as articles contributed to The Engineering Magazine, The Popular Science Monthly, The Journal of Pedagogy, and Education. For many facts and statistics the author is indebted to official publications of the United States government.
F. T. C. Albion, Michigan.