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A trade teacher must learn to change his ideas from those of a
man producing a manufactured article to those of a man who is turn ing out trained men, that is, he must turn his attention from pro duction to instruction, which is really quite a difficult thing to do. (The government has lately published a bulletin, No. 27, Agri cultural series No. 5, The Training of Teachers for Vocational Agri culture, which indicates the importance of adequate training for vocational teachers and gives an outline of the desirable qualifica tions and training. Those interested should write to the Superintend ent of Documents, Government Printing Office, "Washington. D. C.) RULES FOR LETTER-WRITING REAR ADMIRAL McGOWAN Don't write at all unless you have something to say and having said it, stop. Don't give reasons or explanations unless they are called for. Don't write anything in a perfunctory way, but remember always that each letter or endorsement should bear the impress of the writer's dignity, courtesy, and intelligence. Don't hesitate to say "no" if that is the proper answer and having said it, don't attempt to suggest an alternative aimed to circumvent your own "no." Don't discuss people discuss things. Don't write anything quarrelsome (it would probably not be signed). Don't get excited or if you do, don't record the fact on paper. Don't use long words when they can be avoided (and they generally can). Don't be afraid to use the word "requisition" as a verb. Don't say "shall" or "must" or "should" if you mean "will" "verbal" when you mean "oral" "amount" when you mean "quantity" in reference" when you mean" with reference" "in accord" when you mean "in accordance" "hardly" when you mean "scarcely," or "with the view of" when you mean "with a view to." Don't send a letter back unless the regulations require it. Originals are worth far more then copies for future reference. Don't write anything that has the least semblance of inflict ing a punishment or of encroaching in any other way on the proper prerogative of any other bureau or office. 17.