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THE GARDEN ISLAND TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1916,
Among The Schools (Continued from page 2) of too many pupils for the best re sults. Tho school draws from a wide area all round, so that some of the chftdron coma three or four miles, nfoot of course, and often over lid road.. Poor little tots, one would think that they would he "dead heat" out, but, on the con trary, they seemed to be most viva cious and happy. Indeed, the one significant thing which impressed mo was the whole-hearted interest and enthusiasm with which every chilil entered into the matter in hand, as though tljey all realized! the importance of it all, and were' eager to do their best, yet in a sim- pie and natural way. On the one hand there was no spirit of oppres sion, as of a convict gang being good under discipline, or undue levity, or careless indifference. 1 should say that there is a good, wholesome, cheery spirit, most conducive to work, and that is a fundamental ass4 of great value to any enter ' prises. And this 4 seemed to he largely a contagion, that had over flowed all the way down the line, from the principal through the teachers, to the very smallest child. I was particularly impressed with the skill with which the little ehil dren, in the receiving room, were handled. There were f5 of them, little tots, whose tiny heads barely protruded above the desks, and who had been herded in from the wilds of childish ignorance only in September last, and yet, already, they show pleasing signs of a dim comprehension of English: and they enunciate surprisingly well. The picture serial story which ran the whole way round the room, on the blackboard, was exceedingly well done, and the children followed it with avidity and intelligence. The higher grades show that facil ity and intelligence which can only be the outcome of good work done in the past, with the assurance of still better things in the future. The manual department has 1.eon in existence longer, perhaps, than that of any other school on the is land, and the results are commen surate, a great deal very excellent, as well as origninal, work having been turned out, showing- much facility on the part of the pupils. I pleud guilty to an almost phe nomenal ignorance in educational matters': but I would like to offer a suggestion in rcgnrd to 'our local policy of education, in all humility, to lie taken for what it may be worth. With the exception of an odd one here and there, the children in our country schools come from homes in which English is an utterly un known tongue, so that they must acquire a very difficult language, during, and in addition to, the mas tery of the ordinary subjects of study. Surely tho teaching and the' text books should Ik; of the very simplest quality, in order to bo effective. Yet I noticed that the reading lessons were uncommonly', and -necessarily , difficult, overload ed with long and unfamiliar words, and complicated constructions, which at one and the same time "staggered" the children and de based the English. Tho poor young sters in most of our public schools are always in the condition of stag gering under a load I hat is too heavy for them, with the consequent result that they never get very far with it. Now, if this "hifalutin English were the kind' that they would be called on to use all their lives long, in even the most advanc ed callings of life, then there might be some object in trying to acquire jt; but we all know that tl.is book ish English is fhe sign manual of the prig and the novice, and the quicker you can forget it the better. And we all know, or ought to know, that the simplest and mort natural English is the best. Why then should we waste time ond money in our schools overloading our poor children with a burden which they cannot carry,-and which would be useless to them even if they could? Most cf them will never go beyond I tin, f mrlil 1l irrnilt' f livn ftu1il i I ll llll- I pip fundamental education that will host fit them for the station in life which they are likely to fill. A Fmknih.y Vtsrron. NOTICE TO CREDITORS ! FOR SALE 1 !) 1 4 model, twin cylinder "EX CELSIOl!" Motorcycle. In order. Price ?1".(H!. Apply th;s office. 1-t. Souvenirs We neatly puck tiud mail Hawaiian Souvenirs. Hawaii Soulh Seas Curio Co. HONOLULU. THE BANK OF HAWAII, Limited LIHUE BRANCH Lihuk, Kauai, Hawaii Deposits are received subject to check. Certificates of de posit issued payable, on de mand. Loans made on ap proved security. 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