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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1916,
Among The Schools
(Continued from page 2)
of too many pupils for the best re
sults. Tho school draws from a
wide area all round, so that some of
the chftdron coma three or four
miles, nfoot of course, and often
over lid road.. Poor little tots,
one would think that they would he
"dead heat" out, but, on the con
trary, they seemed to be most viva
cious and happy. Indeed, the one
significant thing which impressed
mo was the whole-hearted interest
and enthusiasm with which every
chilil entered into the matter in
hand, as though tljey all realized!
the importance of it all, and were'
eager to do their best, yet in a sim-
pie and natural way. On the one
hand there was no spirit of oppres
sion, as of a convict gang being good
under discipline, or undue levity,
or careless indifference. 1 should
say that there is a good, wholesome,
cheery spirit, most conducive to
work, and that is a fundamental
ass4 of great value to any enter
' prises. And this 4 seemed to he
largely a contagion, that had over
flowed all the way down the line,
from the principal through the
teachers, to the very smallest child.
I was particularly impressed with
the skill with which the little ehil
dren, in the receiving room, were
handled. There were f5 of them,
little tots, whose tiny heads barely
protruded above the desks, and
who had been herded in from the
wilds of childish ignorance only in
September last, and yet, already,
they show pleasing signs of a dim
comprehension of English: and they
enunciate surprisingly well. The
picture serial story which ran the
whole way round the room, on the
blackboard, was exceedingly well
done, and the children followed it
with avidity and intelligence.
The higher grades show that facil
ity and intelligence which can only
be the outcome of good work done
in the past, with the assurance of
still better things in the future.
The manual department has 1.eon
in existence longer, perhaps, than
that of any other school on the is
land, and the results are commen
surate, a great deal very excellent,
as well as origninal, work having
been turned out, showing- much
facility on the part of the pupils.
I pleud guilty to an almost phe
nomenal ignorance in educational
matters': but I would like to offer a
suggestion in rcgnrd to 'our local
policy of education, in all humility,
to lie taken for what it may be
With the exception of an odd one
here and there, the children in our
country schools come from homes
in which English is an utterly un
known tongue, so that they must
acquire a very difficult language,
during, and in addition to, the mas
tery of the ordinary subjects of
study. Surely tho teaching and the'
text books should Ik; of the very
simplest quality, in order to bo
effective. Yet I noticed that the
reading lessons were uncommonly',
and -necessarily , difficult, overload
ed with long and unfamiliar words,
and complicated constructions,
which at one and the same time
"staggered" the children and de
based the English. Tho poor young
sters in most of our public schools
are always in the condition of stag
gering under a load I hat is too heavy
for them, with the consequent
result that they never get very far
with it. Now, if this "hifalutin
English were the kind' that they
would be called on to use all their
lives long, in even the most advanc
ed callings of life, then there might
be some object in trying to acquire
jt; but we all know that tl.is book
ish English is fhe sign manual of
the prig and the novice, and the
quicker you can forget it the better.
And we all know, or ought to know,
that the simplest and mort natural
English is the best. Why then
should we waste time ond money in
our schools overloading our poor
children with a burden which they
cannot carry,-and which would be
useless to them even if they could?
Most cf them will never go beyond I
tin, f mrlil 1l irrnilt' f livn ftu1il i I ll llll- I
pip fundamental education that will
host fit them for the station in life
which they are likely to fill.
A Fmknih.y Vtsrron.
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