Steadily Moving Forward - The Life of Dr. Robert Charles Wallace
Dr. R.C. Wallace did more to open up the northern territories of Manitoba and Alberta, in the early 1900's, than any other Canadian, leading its exploration and development. As an educator at some of Canada's top universities and President of Queen's University, he championed the development of the north by inspiring many of his students. More
Dr. R. C. Wallace . . . Scientist, Educator, Administrator
Based on 16 interviews granted by Dr. R. C. Wallace to D. G. Dewar in 1952 and 1953.
His views on Education – Dr. Wallace gives his views on modern education. The object of education is character; it is not enough to acquire knowledge, but judgment should be the goal. For this reason he lays great stress on teachers who can arouse enthusiasm and provoke students to think. He outlines in detail his teaching procedures and techniques.
On Science – he takes the view that all knowledge is a unity. He discards the mechanistic conception of the universe as inadequate, and argues that the scientific method does not apply to a large area of human affairs. Science can do harm as well as good and for this reason he feels that the teaching of science must be humanized.
Of Administration – Dr. Wallace enumerates and explains the principles by which he administered for 23 years. He outlines the techniques he followed at the University of Alberta and at Queen’s University. Integrity and efficiency were his two cardinal requirements. Universities exist primarily for the students, he would remind his staff.