Education and work, pp. 670 ff.
EDUCATION AND WORK ment of the school, facilities for outdoor life, manual training and any special branch of study in which the boy or girl is particu- larly eager for instruction. In short, the aim will be to help parents place their sons and daughters where they will be most likely to receive the sort of instruc- tion, care and help for which they are looking. The value of the Bureau, however, will not be limited to residents of New York and vicinity. It is expected that a large proportion of its work will be conducted through correspondence with parents in different parts of the country who wish to obtain information and suggestions in re- gard to distant schools. Nor will the activities of the Bureau be of assistance to parents and students alone. The schools will also profit by this co6per- ative work. On the one hand, it will save them unnecessary correspondence and the answering of many useless inquiries. On the other hand, it will save time, trouble and mistakes by calling to the attention of parents schools which seem suitable for their needs and which, without the assist- ance of the Bureau, they might easily have overlooked. While, as we have said, the Craftsman School Bureau has already the support of some of the foremost private schools of the East, it is our intention to proceed slowly, remembering that it is better to place a few pupils in just the right schools than to rec- ommend many to schools that are not thor- oughly suited to them. The organization of this Bureau has been entrusted to a committee of representative school principals, who will in turn yield to a final committee selected by the schools themselves that register with us. Only one representative of THE CRAFTSMAN will be on the committee. The heads of the schools as well as par- ents who are interested in this undertaking are urged to express themselves frankly as to the work of the Bureau, and to make frequent suggestions for its improvement, so that it may prove as efficient as possible for all concerned. The services of the Bureau, it may be added, are free to parents everywhere, for the intention is not to make money but to be helpful in assisting pupils to be placed in the best and most suitable schools. Those of our readers who wish further information in regard to this new depart- ment, or who wish suggestions or data as to private schools, are invited to write to the Bureau personally. EDUCATION AND WORK O NE of the foremost means for the de- velopment of a good character is work, steady application of the mind and muscles and the wonderful eye, and the hardly less wonderful hand, to the do- ing of some useful thing. The boy who uses his powers for some good end, who while growing in physical strength and stature, keeps before his mind the great truth that we all of us are here in the world for service-who weeds the garden, hoes the corn, or mows the grass, milks the cows or feeds the chickens, who does this not once in a while, but with careful regu- larity day after day for months or years, is fitting himself for higher service, for true usefulness. . . . Ability once gained to work steadily, and the habit once attained of co6rdinating all the powers of mind and body to some useful end, is the very high- est achievement ever reached by any man, influential or humble, and denotes all the difference between a wise, useful man and a vagabond and fool. It has come to be recognized by all our leading authorities that the American pub- lic school system has been in danger of breaking down at this point-that the thousands and millions who frequent our schools and colleges are too often imbued with the idea, when they leave the school- room, that toil with the hands-physical labor-is beneath them. They have not been trained to work, to apply the eye, the hand, the muscles and the judgment to some useful purpose, they are therefore unfitted for physical toil and despise it. Too often they become indifferent teachers, or shift- less clerks, or have to begin at the age of sixteen or eighteen to learn the very A B C of some occupation-and often failing with their undisciplined powers and with their feeble efforts, they recruit the ranks of idle- ness and crime. The tendency of this edu- cation of the mind to neglect of the hand in securing results is to increase the rest- lessness of the time and to unfit many for true service. No work is degrading. To do anything well which can contribute to the comfort of any human being is no dis- grace: rather, is most honorable.-From an address by Dr. Franklin Carter at the Berkshire Industrial Farm, Canaan, N. Y.
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