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The fundamental aim of education is the formation of character and the fitting of the child mentally, morally, physically, and vocationally to live a life of usefulness in the world. The salvation of these Indian children is discipline and work. Every young man going out into the world to seek employment must remember, that one of the most important things he must learn is to make himself fit for the job. So into these schools our boys and girls enter for the purpose of gaining knowledge of handling the tools with which they may learn to become useful men and women. DISCIPLINE The value of military drill and class work in gymnasium teams as laying foundation for obedience is a very important factor in the results obtained in the class room and shop. Give a boy each day some exercise in military drill or gymnnastics, where in com pany with others he executes commands of his officer without stopping to ask why, along with others who are doing the same thing, and in same measure it becomes natural and easy for him to obey and execute other commands. The matter of obedience is the natural starting point for all students, and if such vital importance to progress that no matter how long it takes to secure it, it must be secured and all other steps in the development of right conduct must await this beginning. Unreasoning, blind obedience is not a good aim in education because we are training for citizenship in a republic—we are not training slaves. What is desired is a rational free obedience to law, but this cannot be reached without a beginning and that beginning is implicit obedience to the will of a wise instructor. It must be prompt, cheerful, and unquestioning. The boy's battalion consists of four companies, which has a full corps of cadet officers. Each company is drilled every day, under the supervision of the disciplinarian, and the regular forms of the United States army manual of arms is carried out. In addition fancy exhibition drills are given, and Flag Salute. Dress Parade, Inspection are a regular feature of our military duties. 17.