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Copyright. 1911. National News Ass'n
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TEACHERS NEED PITY
Immense Responsibilities Are Heaped Upon the Teacher,
Which She is Expected to Discharge Without .
Adequate Moans of Support.
OFFICER, HE'S IN AGAIN
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Copyright ,ltll, Americ.Journl Esnlmsr.
ut all people in the world. 1 leel most
sympathy for school teachers.
Their position Is so Important; their
Influence so vast; their intentions so
philanthropic; their usetullne so handi
capped by the par
ents and by the
Nut long ago I
read the cry sent
forth from a man
about the diffi
culties he encoun
tered In trying to
instruct his chil
dren in manual
training less ons.
The pupils were so
badly brought up
at home, so wil
ful, so ungracious,
so inattentive, that
he had to give a
large portion of his
time to training them in the small mat
ten which should have been learned at
home, and the manual methods bad to
wait in consequenoe.
Such a teacher is situated like a chef
who U asked to prepare a food dinner
in ft ehort time, and who received from
market, not toe expected chicken and
vegetables all ready for the grill or
kettle, but unplucked fowls and vege
table rlghttrom the soil, unwashed and
If his dinner it lata by an hour, who Is
Surely not the chef.
Most children are sent to school raw
and mentally and morally "unwashed,"
untrained In the common courtesies of
dally life, oftentimes Inpertlnent and im
polite, and lacking all Ideas of obedience.
To train these children Into attentive
and Interested students require much
more patience and time and effort than
.to take them through two school years
after they are trained.
There are too many young children
sent Into the schoolrooms of America. A
physician In Boston has stated that more
than 1,000 children under 10 years of
age wear eyeglasses In that city. He
thinks It due to being taught too young
to study books. The eyes of children a-re
not Intended for such work at that ae.,
Now comes a new faea In reboots, and
it is to be hoped that it will grow into
a generally accepted method of teaching.
In the village of Falrhope, Ala., across
the bay from- Mobile, 'Is a little school
that Is often called a reform nchool not
to reform the children, but to reform the
methods of teaching.
There I a kindergarten for' children
under T yeers of age doing the usual
kindergarten work, but no dictation, nor
close work, nor finished" work for ex
hibition le permitted.
Children from T to U years of age con
stitute the life class, where they simply
live as happy and wholesome a life as
In the first division of the life class the
children under 10 use no bonks, except
By ELLA WHKELEK WILCOX. -
h they themselves desire to learn to
read. ' Instead of the formal work of
reading and writing and number, the
children have music that is, singing
pretty songs, adapted to their year, for
the pleasure of singing, not to be able to
read music or write music. They often
act out or dramatise some song or poem.
Many poems are committed by the chil
dren, not as a task, but by hearing the
teacher recite the same poem a number
c"f times. They have exercises in funda
mental conceptions of number daily.
!tory telling occupies an Important
place on the program. In which the chil
dren become acquainted with all the beat
fairy tales, legends, folk lore and myths
and great stories of history in the most
natural, delightful way. wtthout danger
of Impairing the eye sight by bending
over a book.
Spoken language la cultivated In the
story hour. German Is also taught by
the conversational method. One of the
most deltghtful Items of the dally pro
grsm Is the walk.
No definite order Is followed.' but the
direction of the walk is determined by
the Interest of the day.'
Sometimes a neighboring pound Is
vlsnted to watch the development of the
tadpoles Into frogs. Sometimes the woods
are scoured to discover the elusive pistil
of the pines. The Identification of trees
In winter ocouple many walks. In ths
spring the appearance dally of some new
blossom occupies the Interest for many
Then there la the building Of the birds'
nests to watch, and all of the interesting
bird life to observe.
An outdoor gymnasium affords ample
opportunity for acquiring many bodily
One period daily la given to handiwork,
and one also to the development of con
ceptions of color, form, etc. Paper
sloyd. , cardboard construction, scissors
and paste, clay, water colors and pencils
Experience In growing plants is given
every child. ' Plots of ground are laid out
In which every ohlld may plant what he
chooses and cultivate It In hla own way,
with the assistance of the teacher and
the presence and activity of his fellows
to stimulate his perseverence. A well
equipped manual training department af
fords employment for both boys ana gins
as soon as they are old enough to use the
The older division of the life class
from 10 to 13 yeare of age eentlnue the
activities and experience of the younger
group, but they come gradually to books
This school begaii with eight pupils.
It now has 125.
Such nature schools should be estab
lished all over the land, and no little
child under W yeare of age should ever
be sent Into a school where the use of
books Is Imperative. Any child who
studies nature under wise teachers until
10 years old and begins then to learn his
letters will stand as high as others of
his age when the reaches the high school
period. And his health and powers of
conception will exceed the average, gi
periment and see.
The Polo Coat
Bj CKESTKR FIRKINS,
I didn't wail nor moutk nor mope s
When She the alren of my flat.
Queen of my heart and purse and hope,
Pinned whit rabbit on Iter hat.
(Medusa wore worse things than that
In times artistic and remote 1.
. I shall not leave my habitat
Until he buy a polo coat.
What time, upon a ten-foot rope.
th swung hand-bag. small and fat.
I whined not, but went out to (rope
ror coin to buy that lariat
I never even caused ft Dt
By Jesting on the things she'd tote;
And even now I shall net b at,
Until she buys a polo coat.
Oh, direst thing In Fashion's dope!
Oh. tomb of Beauty square and flat!
Will I endure you near me? Nope.
Nor empret) por aristocrat
Could capture me where you are at
Lot Indian belles on blankets duie.
Why should mine hand the weepy chat
L'ntll he buya a polo coat? j
Ha polo all these fads begat?
A pony coat w last year note;
And now she's hopeless having thftW
l'ntll she buys a polo coal
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Tis a Joyful Day
BV TOM POWERS.
Copyright, 1911. by International News 8 m-vlce.
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fSS- SffiSl rr FSSSreO I QIANTS ATHLETICS
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We Are So Lazy, Mentally, We Cannot Hope to Get Any
where Until We Use at Least as Much Effort in
Our Brains as We Wsate Daily in Pleasure.
Ureal, big, wise owls Of Intellect, sit
ting In solemn conclave, call the world to
look and admire while they put an ordi
nary person, such as you or ni, on pin
point and then look at that ordinary
person through a microscope while they
diagnose his case. They explain hla fail
ure, point out the futility of his tiny
ambitions, ridicule his little theorlea of
life and prescribe what Is essential be-
fre he enn become the success his Maker
rteklgiiPd him to become.
All of ihlcl) thoy put down in words so
'ong that the surplus syllables could be
ld around the waist and worn as a sash
il the bark, and then they put the onll
ary person back under his little glass
iMe. dismiss the world with a wave of
c hand and settle back In thalr chairs
'enmly self-satisfied In the belief that
ey have solved another big problem
I materially helped struggling mankind
II of which must be very wise and true.
.ire the bin syllables tied like a sash
i the hack are too largo for ordinary
ctimprehenslon. but it Is also true that
the prescription la too deep snd too wise.
We know something alls us, and wtrl
!o bo lold In words w understand, aivi
hero they are: Mental Laxlnnss.
We are lusy In our brains. Ants In every
other part of the anatomy and a sluggard
In the brain that count for most of all
In our final development.
We think no pains too great to take in
curling the hair, or getting a face mas
sage, or selecting a suit at a tailor's, no
walk Is too long If something to eat or
to beautify Ilea at 1h end; no effort In
earning mono Is too great It the
money is spent on personal adorn
ment or in til preparation
of dinner, and though this effort re
quires great labor, no one thinks It futile.
A cake that needs an hour in beating the
eggs Is the pride of the housewife, and ft
man will work as hard on somethllg with
results of as little permanency, but both
the housewife and the man would resent
any accusation of laziness, yet neither
would devote a half hour, a day to a book
that requires concentration of the brain
"It looks too hard." they will raj', nd
throw the bonks aside for one that looka
lighter, but both the man and the house
wife will hunt up taska that require the
most arduous untiring of physical labor,
and take pride In the achievement. We
want our reading matter, our amuse
ments, our entertainment, our relaxa
tions the easiest that the gray matter
osn digest. We have coddled the contents
of our skulls to such an extent that the
time Is coming when to keep track of
the stock market and the number of eggs
In a pudding will be regarded as the ulti.
mate In difficult sums.
The great, big owls of wisdom may
think they know what alls us. but they
have found no disease of sixteen syllable
more serious than Just this one little com
plaint told in two simple words. Mental
We are so Isiy mentally we cannot
hope to get anywhore In our ambitions,
or to be snythlng until we use at least
as much effort In our brains as we wsste
every day on passing pleasures.
The Poisoned Man
Uy WINIFRED TJLACK.
I know a man who Is dying of potsou.
He's a young man, comparatively, but
his face Is turning yellow and his eyes
are turning green and his mouth Is hard
and he can't mll
to save hi life,
poor thing; he s
poisoned and he
doesn't know It.
poisoned with hi
own greed, hie own
envy and his own
He made some
money up In
Alusku the other
'Hurrah!" we all
com borne happy
ft olam, aad
maybe the poison
won't work any
He came home In adject misery.
Hi partner had road more than he
had, and not all the gold that ever shone
look pretty to that man. If another has
a higher pile than he.
U was Invited to he one of a distin
guished company. "There," we all said,
"he'll like that." He cam home with
his face a gnawing picture of cbagrln.
There was a fellow there that did all
the talking; he wouldn't gto another
soul a chance." "Was he ft good talker?'
Well, I sua he was, but I wanted to
The mi ha ft son. and th son passed
a high examination to go to college,
"l rood for Jim." we said to the man,
"you must be proud of him "
"Well," said the man, 1 "I don't so
how John Jones came to pass In the same
grade, he Isn't half a smart aa Jim;
there must be something crooked some
where." And there was something crooked some
where, and the somewhere was right In
the man' own miserable, unhappy brain.
When he died he won't be satisfied with
ft good, comfy halo; he'll have to have
the beat one there le or he won't play.
Poor, narrow, foolish fellow. Why, the
very laborer who digs th ditch for him
and hla fine urnnce grove la happier than
he Is. The very man who holds his sad
dle bora for him to mount Is better off,
and no human being of sens would
change places with that man for two
days not for all th gold that he brought
down from Alaska
He' poisoned poisoned with envy d
with greed and with ungenerous hat, and
then he wonder why no one like htm
and why all happy laughter stop when
be come around, and whv th room
that waa gay with chatter ft moment be
fore is still a death when he bring hi
bitter face Into th range of the fire
light Poison and poisoning, for I'd ft oon
live In the house with a skeleton as to sit
at th table or to walk or talk with him.
HI disease Is catching. It la Infectious;
keep away from him or you'll catch It
Chunks of Cloom
Ily MILF.t OVEKHOLT.
Redness abounds when the yellow leaves
Whirl 'round the corners and down the
Clark clouds of autumn o'erspread the
C'hillliiK winds sob as the winter draws
When first I wrote a verse Ilk that
the family doctor said: "You ought to
take a nice long rest and regulate your
head. You need a dose of ump-te-ump
to Jsr your system some, or you'll be
herding little lamps just north of King
Sometimes a spell comes over me and I
must writo a verse that's full of gosh-
dlnged gloomy stuff with accent on a
hearae. And so I write a line or two
that makes m want to spill a teaspoonful
of scalding tears, snd then I have a chill.
Song bird are winging their way to the
Chill l..ntlm are flung from old Bore
Luruu iliik the heart for the sun blilnes
no more , ...
And sutuinn comes knocking at Ootober s
Don't weep with me. Just let It drop;
I'll handle ell the gloom. Forget th
past; I'll cry for you; I'm unci to a.
tomb. And I'll agree to wrap myself two
hours every day with soaking teats and
mournful thoughts, while you may romp
and play. I'll take the aadnets off your
band and spill It all In rhyme, while
you and other folk may keep a-smlllng
all the time.
The Bugs cf Pall
Dy BERTON BRA LEY.
The Hunting Bug we next descry
And look upon with wond'ring eye!
In coiduroy that do not fit
And with ft moat bloodthirsty kit.
He starts upon the hunting trail
To f lathi the fierce and savaae nu&ll.
To meet the mallard and the teal,
Grim foenian worthy of his stoi-l.
TliroUKh chilly uuaiup and soal.lng Yoz
Aruukiiig half a million frogs
He make his wuy to II bulilnd
A shelter which Im call a ' blind '
And there lie waits through all the day
A dccriit chance to blase viy,
While hall und rain and chilly aleet
Are drenching him from head to fact;
And bcu ths ducks come near irm mark
He cannot ahoot because It s dark.
In Joyous glee myself I hug
That I am not a Hunting Bug.