Some Curious Schools

Some Curious Schools

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...But the founders had a great respect for nature; and they don't send out boys, in whom they discover peculiar "bents," fitted to be only farmers. Young carpenters, blacksmiths, shoe-makers, tailors, and what-not, even sailors, go out from Mettray. They have a three-masted ship at the school, presented by "the French "Secretary of Navy;" and there is an old sailor, to teach about the sails, and masts, and rigging. As to education: they are taught reading, writing, arithmetic, geometry, drawing, history and music. They have a band, and they give concerts. They attend church regularly--in short, these poor criminals go out into the world equipped for business, and with many saving tastes and habits. For instance, they make excellent soldiers. More than one Mettray bad boy has worn the Cross of the Legion of Honor. The discipline of punishments is admirable: private remonstrance, public reprimand, confinement during recreation-hours, withdrawal of the right to compete for prizes, dietary of bread and water, and, finally, the "cell," dark or light, according to the offense. There is also a novel theory largely acted upon--a chance for repentance, a temptation to repent. For instance, in case of petty theft: there is placed a great box in a private spot. This box is marked "For Things Lost." Should anything be missed, the complaint is made to the Father of the House, privately. Nothing is said about it for a week, perhaps; and if the article is, during that time, found in the box, it is restored quietly to the owner, and no allusion is ever made to the affair. But the main force in the government is the "Father" idea. The boys feel it from first to last. They feel it all their lives through--it was...
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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236621387
  • 9781236621382