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r HOW COULD OUR SCHOOLS BE MADE BETTER?
4 -JineteenTout of twenty boys and girls leave school when tljey
are fourteen. Nearly all look for work
Year after year these boys and girls are dumped on society to
face difficulty and peril and naked tragedy.
For the first time they face life which is mostly labor and
they must find places where they fit
If the boy and the job meet or the girl and the job it means" i
a useful and .happy life. But society is clogged with misfits and
derelicts o both sexes, whose failures date from their fruitless
search, for the right work after leaving school.
Here is -what two women who rank high ampng the famous
and successful educators of America told The Day Book regarding,
this great problem.
JANE ADDAMS SAYS, fTTEACH DOING THINGS" ' ,
I think we should give more attention to teaching the, child
to do things before we bother with, his brain.
rFrom six to ten years of age the child
always is interested in doing things. A girl
likes little tasks about the house; a boy al-,
ways is building something.
It is then the child's bent of mind should,
be encouraged. Instead of this, the moment''
a child goes to school his bands learn to bee'
idle, and all his time is given to the masteryji
of reading, writing and arithmetic things
very necessary, but which, when taught with
out manual labor, make our young people',
despise our most glorious heritage vcork.
I would like to see the duties, of every-1
day life first taugfit to children. I would likes
to .see girls taught housekeeping, the care of.
children, dressmaking; arid other domestic
employment. -I-would like to see boys taught to make things o
everyday use ( ,
This manner of education must cqme, because it as the very)
basis of making the right kind of citizens.
ELLA FLAGG YOUNG SAYS, "TEACH-TRADES" m
We have paid too much attention to preparing our boys and'
girls for college instead of preparing them for Cife
Our whole school system is founded on this idea, although 95l
per cent of -the scholars leaveNscfiool when fourteen. ',
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