It is generally admitted that understanding gives power. We know this to be true in the most common and ordinary sense. We cannot do the thing we do not know how to do, however small or unimportant the thing may be. We must have an idea before we can put it into execution; we must understand before we can accomplish.

We realize that the wise man of ancient time gave good advice when he said, "With all thy getting get understanding." There are in the world today no lack of sources held out to struggling humanity, through which or by means of which men are promised understanding. There is a tendency among educators to advance the theory that all possible learning on all possible subjects constitutes understanding, but this attitude toward learning should be carefully considered. From an ethical and moral standpoint we have two things to consider,—good and evil; that which is desirable, and that which is not desirable; that which promotes the welfare and happiness of men, and that which retards these conditions. All progress depends on the promulgation and perpetuation of that which is good; evil has no place in progress, nor in the advancement of the individual or of the race. It follows, then, that education should constitute a knowledge and understanding of that which is good and true and enduring.

August 2, 1913

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