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THE STARKVTLLE NEWS. VOL. XII. ! Let The Teacher Teach. The Landmark has had some remarks in recent issues about school children and home study. Everything changes with the rush of time. When i was a boy my teacher used to impress on “us little folks” that it was our business to learn our lessons at home; that is, that our parents or older brothers and sisters should teach us, and the teacher’s only duty was to hear us glibly recite tne lessons with which he had nothing whatever to do in teaching us! Even as a child I thought the system wrong, and I know it to be wrong now, A lady friend, the owner of a high priced private school, told me not long since that she did not wp .t the parents of her school children to give them any help whatever; that they were mailed a request to that effect — not to attempt to gitfe the pupil any aid at all; let the pupil come to the teacher w T hen “stumped” on anything. Sne stated that any home aid was no aid at all, but retarded the pupil and hindered the teacher. That looks like sense to me. What in blazes is a teacher hired for? What in thunder does a man wish to teach a kid-his own kid- how to find the length of a “hypothenuse of a right-angle traingle,” the length of base and perpendicular being given, just to let the kid go to school next day and show the teacher how slick he can do it? Gosh, that is a thunder of a school system! How many people oyer 30 who read this would know a “split infinitive” if they saw it, or could Watch This Page Next Week! BIG LAND SALE AT Longview NOVEMBER 22nd. % - 40 lots and 5 ten acre blocks will be sold. MISSISSIPPI, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1013. extract the square root of any thing? Parents are not qualified to teach their children their les sons any more than they are qualified to doctor them or fill theij teeth. School books change. A parent is not familiar with the books his child is study ing. Not so very long ago I ofiered to help a wee, small girlie get her lessons for the next day. Seating her on my knee, I open ed her book at the lesson, and something like this happened: “Now, girlie,” says I, opening the book and begining, “you see, what the dickens! |murmured low] you see. ahem—really, little girl—l just remember I have an engagement up town !” and I beat it. I understood the wee, sma’ girlie told her mother that “Mr. Billie didn’t know nuffn’ ” What I maintain is that teach ers are supposed to make a life business of teaching, to keep abraest of modern methods and up with the changes in books, while the average grown-up does not. Let the teacher teach That’s his business. I don’t believe that tiie system of teach ing is all wrong simply because they don’t teach with the same books nor in the same manner they did when I went to school. The Landmark appears today in type as it appeared twenty-five years ago, but it appear s through a different process from that used twenty-five years ago. The result is the same—a tirstclass paper. But the means of ob taining the results are different A picture of business office a de cade ago and the same office to day would show a vastly differ ent scene, but they would both show getting at a definite end by different means. Let the teacher teach. That’s his business, —Billie Dock, of Richmond, Va. in Landmark. THE KNOCKERS PRAYER. Lord, please don’t let this town grow. I’ve lived here for thirty years, and during that time I’ve fought every public im provement; I’ve knocked every thing and everybody; no firm or individual has established a busi ness here without my doing all I could to put them out of business, I’ve used every underhand meth od known to the knocking frater nity to injure their business; I’ve lied about them and would have stolen from them if I had had the courage; I have done all I could to keep the town from growing; never have I spoken a good word for it. but instead I’ye knocked hard and often. It pains me, O Lord, to see that in spite of my knocking this town is beginning to grow. Some day, I fear, I will be call ed upon to put down sidewalks in front cjf my property, and who knows but what I may have to help keep up the streets that run by my premises? This, Lord, would be more tnan I could bear, It would cost me money, and I could not afford to pay out any money, though all I have was made right here in this town. Then, too, more people might come if the town begins to grow, which would cause me to lose some of my pull, there fore, to keep this town at a standstill, that 1 may continue to be the chief knocker. Amen, amen. —Dade City Banner. Advertise in the News—There is a reason. Mrs. J, A. Lamb of Longview spent Saturday and Sunday with her sister, Mrs. B. L. Magruder. She is now the efficient matron of the County Agricultural High School and if the boys and girls heard what we did, speaking to a friend, they could not keep from loving her. She spoke of how efficient, willing and Indus trious all of them are. She has a great responsibility, but is a great blessing to have willing workers, mutual respect and co operation, harmonize all and make success sure. We are pleas ed to know that Prof Lamb, the Principal, is delighted and we have never had any boubt about the interest of this institution in his hands, This is now a great institution and there are greater things for it in the future. The new assistant Mr. Joe Crumpton adds strength and se curity to toe affair of the High School. He is a young man of some experience, a graduate ot the A. and M, College and web qualified to teach the young men Agriculture. After the first of January the subscription price of the News will be Si.so a year. The oppor tunity for SI 00 a year is to sub scribe now. All that are in ar rears are expected to pay up. We will make an earnest effort to clean up old accounts of sub scriptions and place matters in better shape. Dont be impatient in our effort to get you straight, at any rate with the News which has been exceedingly indulgent to many of its delinquents. Let’s help each other. STURGIS LOCALS. BY MISS SALLIE BEVIL. Miss Florence Pennicost and sister spent several days of last week with their uncle, Mr. Mar ion Koonce. Miss Lucile Quinn came down from West Point for Thanksgiv ing and remained at home until Sunday. Mrs. Hallie Crow was shopping here last week. Mr. Lynn Smith is visiting his parents, Miss Ilah Woodson returned from the hospital in Jackson. The Misses Colliers visited their sister. Mrs. G. O, Greene last week. Miss Meldie Greene sbent sev erl days at home. Messrs, John Frazier and Jim Etheridge were guests in the Bevill home Saturday. Mr. G. B. Greene, Mrs. Lou Rainey and Mrs. John Smith are on the sick list. We failed to chronicle the ar rival of a little daughter in the home of Mrs, W. N. Montgomery about two weeks ago. Mr, and Mrs. Dennis Dean vis ited their brother, Dr. W- C. Fri day, last week. Misses Sullivan and Bevill vis ited home folks Thanksgiving. There were more people in Starkville Monday, on business, that we have seen for many a day. Tax paying time and the business of the board of super visors have their attention! NO. 30