The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Volume 27

The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Volume 27

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...of school duties and the ennui of the street are the only alternatives, and hence the children are willing--alas not ready l--to go to work. The reason why parents cannot keep their children in school, but can keep them at work is because the children themselves want to do something. Irene Ashby Macfadyen, in speaking of the number of children in cotton mills in Alabama, has said: ..". to these must be added the children who come in to help elder brothers and sisters, who are not counted or paid as workers, although they often do a full day's work for the fun of it." "The fun of it"--the pity of it! This is an extreme example, but none the less a real example of the irrepressible activity of the child which takes advantage even of the cotton mill to express itself. Vith a stupid school curriculum that gives little opportunity for doing things, with idleness on the street for the other hours of the day, it is little wonder that the chance to work--even in degrading and injurious and monotonous employments claims and takes the child away from school. These facts indicate that there is room and need for an advance beyond legislation prohibitory of child labor and compulsory of education. These measures are sound, progressive and essential. But when we have prevented the child from being ruined in the factory, when we have said that he must go to school, then we are compelled to ask, VVhat shall we do with him in school? To compel children to go to school, no matter what the failings of the school be, and to give them no occupation for empty hours may prove vastly disastrous. The apparent remoteness of the subjects now taught in our public schools from what seem to be the practical duties of life, influences many...
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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236744608
  • 9781236744609