where more has beendone to ascer
tafn what children can do and then
making it possible for thein to do it,
his words are significant. Editor.)
By Gustave A. Blumenthal. .
I would, gladly; , give my boy 2&
cents for every black eye he put on
every hoy and a dollar for every pair
of black eyes.
Thisprobably sounds pretty strong
to you Americans, but it expresses
my deep conviction of the necessity
of physical development of children.
I am not at all interested in ladies
and gentlemen, but I am tremendous
ly interested in men and women1.
If it is- possible for a child to take
on the attainments of -a lady or a
gentleman after he or she is physic
ally as near perfect as possible, all
very well, but if the child is to be of
any use to itself or to society it must
first be strong.
No child should be put in school
until it is seven years old.
The child's first seven years should
be devoted to its physical develop
ment What advantage is obtained
if the child is smart, can read arid
write well and knows its arithmetic
if it is going to be frail or sickly "all
of its life! ' " ' ' -
If i .had a child like the young
wonder up in New England who
knows foreign languages and higher
mathematics at the age of eight, I
would knock him on the head with a
Walk into any office in the "United
States and watch Its girl stenog
rapher for one day and you will see
absolutely conclusive evidence that I
am right when I declare that physi
cal development is the first essential
in the upbringing of children.
You will find that the stenoer-
-rapher has headaches; that she is
all tired ovut .at. the end ofc-the day;
that she occasionally has fainting,
This simply proves that her brain
has been crowded, crammed, jammed -full,
at the expense of her body. It .
probably means that as a young child.,
she was put into school andthat her
mind was driven like a racehorse. If "
she had been kept out of school until
she was seven or eight 'years old; if
she had spent only' three" or four
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