Prevocational Education in the Public Schools

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Houghton Mifflin, 1915 - 245 pages

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Page 168 - No man is born into the world, whose work Is not born with him ; there is always work, And tools to work withal, for those who will ; And blessed are the horny hands of toil ! The busy world shoves angrily aside The man who stands with arms akimbo set, until occasion tells him what to do ; and he who waits to have his task marked out Shall die and leave his errand unfulfilled.
Page 168 - What are they here for?" until at last the party are shamefaced, and anticipate the question at the gates of each town. Genial manners are good, and power of accommodation to any circumstance; but the high prize of life, the crowning fortune of a man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness, — whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.
Page 30 - Evening class" in an industrial, agricultural or domestic science school or department shall mean a class giving such training as can be taken by persons already employed during the working day, and which in order to be called vocational must in its instruction deal with the subject-matter of the day employment, and be so carried on as to relate to the day employment...
Page 31 - Agricultural education" shall mean that form of vocational educatioTi which fits for the occupations connected with the tillage of the soil, the care of domestic animals, forestry and other wage-earning or productive work on the farm.
Page 168 - All true Work is sacred ; in all true Work, were it but true hand-labor, there is something of divineness. Labor, wide as the Earth, has its summit in Heaven. Sweat of the brow ; and up from that to sweat of the brain, sweat of the heart ; which includes all Kepler calculations, Newton meditations, all Sciences, all spoken Epics, all acted Heroisms, Martyrdoms, — up to that "Agony of bloody sweat...
Page 19 - Eastern city, contains this statement : " The question of teaching trades in our schools is one of vital importance. If New England would maintain her place as the great industrial centre of the country, she must become to the United States what France is to the rest of Europe: the first in taste, the first in design, the first in skilled workmanship. She must accustom her children from early youth to the use of tools, and give them a thorough training in the mechanic arts.
Page 104 - ... and consequently the kind of questions that we ask the past to answer. Our most recent manuals venture to leave out some of the traditional facts least appropriate for an elementary review of the past and endeavor to bring their narrative into relation, here and there, with modern needs and demands. But I think that this process of eliminating the old and substituting the new might be carried much farther; that our best manuals are still crowded with facts that are not worth while bringing to...
Page 29 - Independent household arts school " shall mean a vocational school designed to develop on a vocational basis the capacity for household work, such as cooking, household service and other occupations in the household.
Page 138 - Thus, the reduction of the value of the modulus between the melting point of ice and the boiling point of water is...
Page 31 - ... which will minister to their vocational as well as their civic needs. While the all-day industrial school can seldom teach a trade in the fullest sense of the term, there is a fund of experience which shows that it can do much to prepare girls and boys over 14 years of age for entrance into the trades. In these schools a close relation must be maintained between theory and practice. Practical shopwork must be supplemented by related studies in English, civics, industrial history and geography,...

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