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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 15, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 20

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THE PUBLIC FORUM
1 A HYMN OF THANKSGIVING
By J. A. M.
Way down the Doubtful river
Out Teddy's way, -
Hughes and his pal may go forever,
For-ev-er and a day.
Chorus
All the world thanks God for Wila-on,
Glad he's going to stay;
Oh, darkies, you may kill dat possum
For nex' Thanksgiving d,ay.
Meantime, upon the Doubtful river,
Teddy and Hughes
May go a-drifting to-geth-er
And jump in when they choose.
CONCERNING THE SCHOOLS.
Sup't Shoop has proposed and rec
ommended that women be barred
from the high school examination
this December. Why? Was it at the
instigation of Pres. Loeb or the high
school principals? Hardly Mr.
Loeb. So it must be the high school
principals that requested the recom
mendation. Why?
High school principals prefer men
teachers because the men do not
bother or disturb them in their tran
quillity. A man teaches (usually
married and with a number of out
side interests and worries) follows
the line of least resistance. Sooner
than follow up a case of discipline or
worry over a pedagogical problem
he will let it slide and hope the pupil
will quit before long or that the prob
lem will solve itself. Don't bother
the principal is his motto.
Contrast this " attitude with the
women teachers in the high school.
Most of us are unmarried and our
work is our life. Every detail gets
its quota of attention and things are
not allowed to slide. The pupil need
ing discipline in our mind and who
should have the attention of the prin
cipal we bring to the head of the
school, thereby making ourselves
yery unpopular. We should have
1 made it uncomfortable for the pupils
until they quit, saving ourselves the
charge of old maidishness, picky,
fussy,, annoying, etc.
The average high school pupil be
tween 15 and 18 has, according to
modern educators, arrived at the
reasoning age. Is it illogical to con
clude then that an occasional pupil
will need attention of the principal
of the school in addition to his teach
er's. Should the principal be insured
against any request whatsoever?
They seem to think so, and the men,
knowing this, avoid troubling them,
and the women do their duty and are
becoming unpopular. Still, the pres
ent failure of our schools cannot be
placed on them.
That the present system in our
high schools is a failure is very evi
dent when we observe the present ef
forts made to redeem them by the
introduction of the junior high
school. Thousands of children en
thusiastically enter the high schools,
only to leave them in a few months.
The graduating class is rarely 20 per
cent of the entering class.
To overcome this, the junior plan
is to combine the successful seventh
and eighth grades of the elementary
schools with the first year in the high
schools, hoping to encourage the
children to remain for the senior
high schooj. This is to be done by
giving them a trade or manual arts.
This trade will enable him to start
out with a means of livelihood and
within 25 years class distinction will
be as firmly rooted in the U. S. as in
France before the revolution! As
good an education for the poor as for
the rich chd, but the poor child is to
get a good trade education. Appar
ently this non-scorning of labor is
true democracy. In reality it -is the
starting of aristocracy.
Women will not be necessary in
teaching all the trades that are to be
taught (except a few domestic sci
ence teachers), so get rid of them or
admit no more. Mr. Snoop has made
a good beginning.

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