The Monmal (Dillon, Mont.) 1906-1918, March 01, 1913, Image 10

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10 THE MONMAL table paradises to one of these babes of the slums. Here habits of cleanliness are given her. She is taught free, spontaneous play, and the love of nature is instilled in her. One of the latest devises used in the primary department of large schools, is the doll house. This the children fur­ nish themselves and, in so doing, gain much in ideas of cor­ rect taste, order, manners, and good housekeeping. There are hundreds of other ways in which the inner and outer life of the little maid may be bettered during her first years at school. The two following have been little dwelt upon in primary work. There is a well known deficiency in the fundamentals of the three R’s, which should be taught during the earlier years. In reading is it especially noticeable. What is the trouble? Too little time spent on it and too much time put on “ show work,” such as paper cutting, weaving, etc., which though it has a real value, should not usurp the place of other necessary studies. There is something of as much, if not of more importance, that is quite omitted from the category of school subjects. That is the fundamental truths of Christian religion and the most popular Bible stories. Sunday school teachers would be incredulous if they were told how many little ones the Sunday school and its lessons does* not reach, to whom the name of the Creator means only curses and Christmas only a time when gifts are received. Such ig­ norance is not more prevalent in the congested city districts, 1 believe, than in the country and, if investigation be made, many cases are to be found in the smaller towns. Seeds of these truths, if planted in the innocent heart of childhood, may be found still fertile, though not thriving, in the most hardened criminals. Coming next to the intermediate grades, we find a wholly different attitude of mind. Here the girl discovers her own needs and her own personality. She must have problems that grow out of her own immediate interests and should be made to realize that there are problems in society that do not relate to her personally. One of the intermediate schools that has the best, common sense, working creed is the Staten Island

The Monmal (Dillon, Mont.), 01 March 1913, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheMonmal/1913-03-01/ed-1/seq-10/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.