November 11, 1887

Cincinnati, Ohio


I am glad to see the growing appreciation of the value of schools of industrial training in America. As my sons became old enough to attend school, I tried to give them the benefits of a technical training. My third son attended the State Agricultural College in Michigan, though he always maintained that he could not see the technical education he derived from getting down on his knees to weed an onion bed. My youngest is attending the manual training school in Toledo, which is an institution similar to this, where the manual work is with tools and processes instead of onion beds. From investigation I find that manual work in the schools of this kind is a positive advantage to the students. From the records of any similar school you will find that the five students who are best in the shops will rank highest in their algebra, Latin, and other studies. The great benefit of a school of this kind is shown in the ease with which its graduates adapt themselves to the various avocations of life. They come forth ready to earn their own living to make their own way in the world, and they come with a knowledge of the true value and dignity of honest labor. When young people are taught to be self-reliant and self-reliant they will start on the right road to success in life