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TEACHER OF FUTURE WILL BE EXPERT WITH
CAMERA AND MOVING PICTURE MACHINE BY HERBERT QUICK Ten thousand school children at Saginaw, Michiganr"-were recently given their first treat at the free mu nicipal moving picture shows. The future of the moving picture lies, not in amusement, but, in educa tion; not in the five cent theaters, but in the scho.olhouses. Why should children be forced to read about the landscapes, the peo ple, the cities, the industries, the hab its and customs of the world in big, heavy books 6u -geography, when they can actually-' see the things themselves in moving pictures V Why study the . geography books, when HE LOOKED THE PART Judge Let's see what are you charged with? Prisoner Bigamy? Judge Excuse me; I might have guessed it. they may write their own geography lessons as exercises in English after having seen cotton-picking in the . South, tiger-hunting in India, freight handling in Liverpool or Hamburg, Japanese flower festival in Tokio, or a sarafi in Rhodesia? Why pore over books which tell of the' development of. a fceed to a ma ture plant, when the whole thing can be displayed before the eye and writ ten out as a test of interest and mem ory? Why submit to examination's on the topography of the Battle of Gettysburg or Waterloo, when the picture machine will print it upon the memory in a minute? The moving picture is the greatest educational discovery ever made. It has not yet been more than ten per cent discovered. School houses must be built for the movies, so as to save the time of teachers and pupils. Drudgery in school mustybe relegated to such things as are necessarily hard. In so far as science, technical oper ations, domestic economy, etiquette, architecture, farming,. orchardry, and in short, all human activities can be shown in pictures, they will be so shown to the coming generations of learners. Things will be better taught so. Education will be made what it should be, a pleasure. The school boards will devote huge sums of money to the establishment of cir culating libraries of moving picture films, iand the teachers of the future will be as expert in the management of the camera as they now are with chalk and blackboard, and as their predecessors were with the birch. Progress in education will be mark ed by the transition from ferule, ruler, and rod, to screen and vita graph. Progressive- school boards must prepare to follow Saginaw, and surpass her.