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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 12, 1913, Image 12

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SCHOOL HEAD THINKS LITTLE OF TEACHING OF SEX HYGIENE-
BLAMES PARENTS FOR
Springfield, III., Aug. 12. F. D.
Thomson, principal of the Springfield
high school for the past four years
and for fourteen years head of the
Galesburg high school, does not be
lieve that the teaching of sex hygiene
in the public schools will eliminate
cases similar to the Zook case in
Kansas City, in which Miss Meta
Zook died following a criminal opera
tion. He believes the fault lies with
the parents.
"It is a wonder to me that Spring
field and other cities in the state have
not had cases similar to the Zook
case," he stated. "The young people
are allowed" to tour the country at
all times of the night in their autos
and their parents do not know when
the children return. I can recall sev
eral instances in which parents have
taken no hand in what have seemed
to me disgraceful proceedings.
"Ido not believe that the teaching
of sex hygiene in the schools is need
ed. It would only increase the imag
ination of the children by advertise
ment of sex matters. I seldom have
seen a talker on sex matters whom I
would allow to talk to my children.
"I know a young girl whose every
question was answered when she ask
ed it of her mother. She was told just
what she wanted to know and no
more. She is fourteen now and she
knows as much as her mother knew
when she was married and she has
come to no harm.
"In Galesburg a young girl inclined
to be wild was the subject of co
operation between the mother and
me. Careful watching carried her
safely through the time when she
needed watching."
Thomson insists that parents
should be taught to see their duty.
The high school should co-operate,
but only insofar as it specializes on
the features that the parents cannot
manage. He believes that occurences
such as that in Kansas City are not
.the falilt of the high school condi-
CHILDREN'S DOWNFALL
tions so much as lack of home train
ing, and he advises mothers to look
well to their sons and daughters.
In the Kansas City tragedy as
many as sixteen high school boys
were implicated and an investigation
is being pressed vigorously by the
prosecuting attorney. Meta Zook's
chum, who has no mother, stated
that Meta's mother had not given the
girl as much attention as a mother
should.
Jacksonville, III. Sex hygiene is to
be made a part of the curriculum of
the Jacksonville high school at the
opening of the school year. Local
physicians will lecture to both sexes,
hr separate classes, once a week.
The educators are not over san
guine as to the benefit the boys' and
girls will receive from the courses,
although they believe that the purely
hygiene benefits will justify the ef
fort. They believe that no amount
of information about the intimate
relations of girls and boys or of the
evil consequences that come from the
abuse of these relations can deter
the evilly minded from their actions.
Some of the members of the school
faculty go so far as to aver that the
added knowledge of the sexual rela
tions will only stimulate the tendency
to evil.
Dr. Josephine Milligan, daughter of
one of the pioneer educators of Illi
nois; Mrs. A. L. Adams, wife of a
physician and vice president of the
Illinois , Mothers' Congressand Su
perintendent W. A. Gore of the city
schools are promoting the new
course.
A NEGATIVE VIRTUE '
"What's that petition you want me
to sign?"
"It's for the recall of our council
man. He refused a bribe of $50."
"But that's kind of in his favor,
isn't it?"
"Yes, barring that he asked for an
increase in the amount."

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