5. You again mention the normal school proposition and express the opinion that the chief argument for a college for women should not be based on the need to supply high school teachers. In this I agree with you, too, and, as I stated in my other letter, this is only one of the arguments for the coordinate college, and I think you will find that in the literature on the subject it is not made the only argument. I am perfectly willing, as I stated before, that the state normal school at Farmville shall offer its four-year course of work and give its B.S. degree in Education for the training of teachers for high schools provided this is not substituted for a college for women. But I do disagree with you when you state that, in your opinion, the four state normal schools, all of which can now give four-year courses, will turn out a much larger number of high school teachers than the womans college would ever turn out. They probably would so far as numbers are concerned, but you cannot convince me that all four of those normal schools can maintain good four-year college courses; the thing is simply absurd. The women of Virginia are not demanding a professional school alone; all of them do not want to teach and we cannot make teachers out of them by sending them to a normal school or a normal college. What they want is a standard college of liberal arts and sciences where they can take courses equivalent to and of equal value but not necessarily parallel in content to courses offered for men, and where they will have the same wide choice of subjects as is given in the college course of the University. One of these subjects is Education and provision should be made in this coordination for the study of Education, but we are not attempting to establish here a womans' college of Education primarily. Therefore, one normal college, or four normal colleges or any number of normal colleges will not meet the wide spread demand on their part, and to offer them such a substitute is to give them a stone when they ask for bread.
Now I have written at greater length than I expected when I started to dictate this letter. But again I ask that you read carefully the arguments set forth in the literature I am sending you. With kind regards, Very sincerely,