Egstad, H. M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 32, Number IV (Jan. 1931)
McCormick, Bart E.
Blessed is he who has found his work, p. 142
The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine January, 1931 Blessed Is He \0 Has Found His Work ii AST Friday in my estimation was a red letter day by Bart . M C i ck on the La Crosse High School calendar. I believe A.V'* cormic, o the students obtained more knowledge that day, were supplemented by practical courses which do not at least in regard to their future, than any other meet the college entrance requirements, but which, it is day in their career." It was a student of Central High believed, prepare boys and girls who are not planning School speaking following the annual guidance confer- on college entrance for the serious problem of providing ence of La Crosse junior and senior high school pupils a wholesome living for themselves and adjusting them- held in September, at which some ninety to one hun- selves to the requirements of present day citizenship. dred twenty-five local business, professional, and trade But this story has to do with the guidance conference. men and women of the city Under the leadership of Miss held conferences with twenty- Hintgen, the public schools, five hundred boys and girls, the vocational school, the nor- discussed life's opportunities SOME fifteen years ago the La mal school, the social service intimately with them; frankly clubs, the College Club, the pointed out to them the ad- Crosse public schools, realizing Women's Club, the Business vantages and disadvantages of that new responsibilities were being and Professional Women's the trades, the professions, and r beng Club, the Mothers' Club, and business from hairdressing to placed upon them through changing the Parent-Teachers' Associa- preaching; explained to them industrial and social conditions, tions cooperate. Conference the traits of character and the took st to the school sys day is a city-wide affair. It is habits of usefulness necessary eps o adjust y- a great day for the boys and for success in each; answered tem to meet the new demands girls, and probably as great a personal and intimate ques- through new programs in educa- for the community. tions frankly, conscientiously, "The plan is good for the and honestly; and inspired tion, new school organization, and students and teachers and good them to a keener self-analysis new curricula. The climax of the for the community," said one that they might provide for new program is the annual com- of the section group advisors. themselves to their best advan- The editor of the daily press, tage and to the best advantage munity school guidance conference. who was one of the hundred or of society in which they live. more citizen leaders who were Back in 1915 the rapidly de- put on their mettle by the dis- veloping new social order im- criminating queries of the jun- pressed school officials with the necessity of a new deal ior citizens of the city said, "I don't know how much the in the upper grades and high school. The first step was students got from the efforts of their elders to try to the development of vocational information classes as a show them the good and bad sides of the various jobs part of the course in English in the junior year of the in the world. Not as much as they wanted, I am sure, high school. But since many boys and girls at that remembering the eager faces that abashed me-but time never reached the junior year, it seemed advisable whatever they got was clear profit; insurance, however to start the work a year or two before the school-leaving small, against taking the wrong turn at the beginning, age. In 1921 class work in occupational information which might wreck a life. We all, from our own ex- was organized in the seventh and eighth grades under perience, sweet and sour, owe these young people all the the leadership of Miss Josephine Hintgen, '20, an upper guidance we can give them. It is little enough at best." grade teacher. Since that time Miss Hintgen has ac- The plan was originally instituted in 1925. It has quired training at Wisconsin, Harvard, and Chicago, been developed by the director, Miss Josephine Hintgen, and today is recognized as one of the pioneers and lead- to its present state of perfection as outlined in the follow- ers in the work. There followed in order the develop- ing paragraphs: ment of new activities, which have grown into what is The Plan one of the most complete courses in practical educa- 1. The annual conference of junior and senior high tional guidance in Wisconsin: a stay-in-school program, school, vocational, and teacher training students with an accumulative record card, achievement and intelli- nieytoehuddtwt-fvbsnspresoal gence tests, occupational informational classes, reorgan- and trade men and women, in as many groups and vo- ization of the school system on the basis of six grade cins, ih elementary and junior and senior high schools, the chtoose tshel grou cofrnehe wisea hyesr tc attdend.ma establishment of exploratory courses, the educational 2. There are well defined preliminary and follow-up guidance conference, character education, study helps, programs. citizenship projects, and the reorganization of the high 3. There is a well organized program of community school course of study. In the latter the traditional participation. academic courses based on college entrance requirements (Continued on page 171) Page 142
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