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THE GARDEN ISLAND. TUESDAY. MAY, 6, 1919
The Mokihana Meeting
Continued from page 1)
4.. The 8chool a Community Center
Even more emphatically than In re
gard to the grounds the school butid
lngs and equipment should be avail
able for community use. At present
these valuable assets are used only
a fraction of the time; their usefulness
might be largely increased. I would
even go the length of taking (he
screws out of the seats so that they
could be moved out when the occasion
demanded it. Just as in this Hall you
have movable chairs that can be dis
posed of when they are In the way
and your whole plant Is suited to the
largest and most varied use so too,
a school equipment should minister to
a much larger use In the community.
To this end every school building
should be lighted, electrically, of
course, it possible.
5... Primary and Kindergarten Work
Too much of our attention, too much
of our teaching ability, and too much
of our expenditure, comparatively,
goes to the upper grades.
The first few years are important
years. There are far more pupils in
these lower grades, and these are the
impressible years, the years of strat
egic importance. These are the years
and theae are the grades that should
receive the most careful attention, and
the most personal and skilful handling.
Yet ve find in too many schools
that almost anyone will do for primary
work; two, three and perhaps four
times as many as there ought to be in
6... Hand Work
There are a few people who think
with their heads, most people think
in terms of their hands. There is a
joy of creation that appeals to almost
every one. The boy who is making a
cart, or the girl who is making a cake,
finds in the work a Joy of creation that
is out of all proportion to the value or
quality of the thing made.
And this manual training, and a
measure of manual dexterity, Is a good
thing for anyone whether it be for a
lawyer, a bank cashier, or the mistress
of a palatial home.
How sadly we have neglected the
training of our girls for home-making
and hoine-maklng is the finest and
most valuable of all arts. There are
many things that men can do, but
they can't make a home, it takes
women to do that, and we ought to
give far more attention In our schools
to this profession that will be the lot
of 90 per cent of the girls that pass
hrough our schools, that of home mak
7. Music and Art in the Schools
The school should be a place that
fosters and stimulates a recognition
and a love of beauty. Not expensively
nor elaborately, but In the simplest
forms and the most modest ways.
There should be harmonious lines
and restful proportions, such as we
find in this hall, with nothing glaring
and discordant to jar ones sensibili-1
ties. Yet how many schools there are
where delicate sensibilities are fairly
tortured by the lack of harmony and
Music Bhould be made more of in
our schools. Singing of course, and
I trust that the time is coming when
we may go farther and accomplish,
something In the line of simple orches
8. School Health.
The first pre requisite of school
efficiency is health. If the body is
seriously defective the brain is of
little use. Why, there are some child
ren in our schools that can hardly see
the blackboard across the room!
What can you expect of Buch children?
This sort of physical incapacity Is the
cause of many of the "repeaters"
who hang over from year to year In
the same grade. Defective eyes, de
fective teeth, adenoids, enlarged ton
sels, skin diseases, etc. these are fatal
to the cause of education.
Now who is responsible for these
conditions? The parents? Yes, but
not the parents alone, but the com
munity also. At any rate the com
munity must see to it that the evils
are corrected, at least where the par
ents are unable to do so, or are in
different. It is a community misfor
tune and the community must apply
9. The Comfort and Happiness of
The biggest thing in teaching is not
the teaching but the teacher. It is
the personality of the teacher that
counts. So far as the actual delivery
of instruction goes we might employ
a talking machine, a Victrola, to deal
it out. And in order to secure the
right kind of high-class personality,
that will radiate grace, and charm,
and inspiration, and character, we
must make our teachers comfortable,
contented and happy. Of course there
are some chronic growlers that have
a grouch on all the time, no matter
what you do for them, the kind that
won't be happy even in Heaven, if they
ever get there. But the average teach
er who is ready to see the sunshine
where there is any, she ought to be
made reasonably comfortable and hap
py. Aud it she isn't it is going to tell
on the morale of the school.
10. Americanism In the Schools.
And by this 1 mean a vital, aggress
ive, dynamic, Americanism that shall
go much deeper, and mean much
more than the formal exercises of
saluting the flag and singing the Nat
ional Anthem; an Americanism that
shall run through the whole day and
be good for the whole year. One of
the Legislators has advanced the very
sensible argument for the school kit
chens that they tend to develop
patriotism, because they train the
children "to eat American." The
schools ought to be so thoroughly im
bued with American ideals that they
will make the children "eat American"
in everything they do.
And the most significant quality of
the new Americanism is community
cooperation. We have learned the
lesson as never before in the various
drives that we have had during this
war period. We have been drawn to
gether as never before, all classes and
all races in common interests and
common efforts. Even Honolulu and
Hilo, that used to be always bickering
and scrapping and defaming each
other, now they have come to realize
that they have common interests and
a common well-being and that they
will gain far more by pulling together
than by pulling apart.
To-morrow Is a new day yesterday
is gone, with Its mistakes and Its fail
ures let us forget them and pull
together for better things for the
Child Welfare Notes
Mr. A. S. Wilcox has made a gener
ous gift of land at Hanalol to the
public school there for play ground, ;
garden and general use. This will be
of great advantage to the school,
especially In an agricultural way, as it
is much better land than that here-1
tofore owned by the school. j
The Hanalei school rejoices in an
excellent partial play ground equip
ment in the way of a toboggan slide,
two large see-sawc and two sets of
athletic swings. These they have se-,
cured out of funds raised by the scr.ooi
In various ways. They have also a line
The Anahola school, by means of
its own unaided enterprise, is pretty
well up with the larger schools in the
way of play ground equipment. They
have up-to-date outfits for base ball,
basket ball and volley ball, and they
are right on hand to make good use
of the same. Anahola Is a small
school with only some 50 odd children,
mostly In the lower grades, but under
the leadership of the principal, Mrs.
Carlotta Lai, they are making a
mighty good showing in school-work,
garden work and sports.
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