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1 TEACHING THEM "
Those splendid women.Jane Addams and Ella Flagg Young1,
agree that our schools should "teach the children how to do things."
This is all right so far as it goes, bu still there might be a bit
of alteration of it, or, rather, addition to it, by putting it thus :
Teach the chjldrert to create thjngs.,
There is a difference between doing thiqgs according to route
or plan and creating things. A lot of people could raise potatoes,
when Burbank began his labof-s, and yet Burbank created a potato
and became thereby a great benefactor of the race
Man is naturally a creator, in a sense, He feds, a peculiar and
exclusive joy in the modest Iittl raddish .that hev has nursed and
"grown" from seed through fraught or flood and the attacks of in
sects and birds of the air, or birds of the neighbors. Thciarmer
looks upon his field of ripened grain food created, by him, with
God's aid and feels that he has gone something a little higher awl
nobler than has that carpenter back in town who has put up a build
ing after the pictured? plan of an architect. In such creating, oc in
such steps of assistance to creation, there is a joy, mixed With elevat
ing pride, that is not found in the ordinary mural vocations.
Ask any,d0,ze average city school boys what they want to be
come and ten of them will say that they aim to become rich mer
chants, doctors lawyers, etc. That is, they would go into the over
crowded businesses and run nine chances out of ten of becoming
failures or mediocreS. Y$t in every one of those boys is the germ of
love to create things. That germ is not now cultivated as it should
be, but the effect of public instruction is rather toward the repres
sion of initiative and origination. But we are beginning to learn.
We are beginning to see that happiness, contentment and prosperity
are not confined to success in the professional life; that, while the
trades and professions will have their rewards for the comparative
few, the great mass of our youth must be turned to the creation, the
"growing5' of things.
' Put a book in a boy's hand, and you can teach him. Put a seed
in his hand, and he will teach himself. After all's said, are not theJ
wise men those who are self taught?
To an extent, modern public instruction has beenan appeal to '
cupidity and a disciplinary forcing of the abilityto imitate. Why"
not turn it more toward showing the boy the power and possibility?
that are in him to create?
Dealer in Second-hand Gar
ments (to assistant) We can't
mark this suit "Fashionable"
it's too shabby. Assistant No, -but
you might mark it "Very
much worn." ir