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Harvey, Lorenzo Dow, 1848-1922 / Report of the commissioner appointed by the legislature in 1899 to investigate and report upon the methods of proceedure in this and other states and countries in giving instruction in manual training and in the theory and art of agriculture in the public schools
(1901)

Outlines of courses of study in manual training and domestic economy,   pp. 56-83 ff. PDF (6.2 MB)


Page 56


Manual Training in the Public Schools.
OUTLINES OF COURSES OF STUDY IN MAN-
       UAL TRAINING AND DOMESTIC
                   ECONOMY.
  For the purpose of showing the character of work
attempted in manual training and domestic economy in
the elementary schools in some foreign countries and
in some of the cities in the United States, the following
outlines of courses are submitted:
MEMORANDUM ON MANUAL INSTRUCTION UNDER THE MAN-
    CHESTER SCHOOL BOARD, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND.
  In Manchester, manual instruction is taught in eigh-
teen of the elementary day schools, and is given out of
school hours.
  Teachers.-The ordinary teachers connected with the
schools teach the subject where possible, that is, where
there are qualified teachers of manual instruction on
the staff.
  In some cases, the head masters themselves teach it.
  The teachers of manual instruction have all been
specially trained for the work by the superintendent of
manual instruction.
  Twenty boys form the maximum number for one
teacher at one time.
  Fit ins.-The manual rooms are fitted with single
benches; a room thirty-two feet by twenty-four feet
gives sufficient space for twenty benches.
  Cost of fittings.-A room fitted up with twenty
benches and a complete set of tools costs altogether
about two hundred and fifty dollars.
  If only one group of boys use this room, the cost of
fitting up per head would be about twelve dollars, but
generally four to twelve groups use the room.
  Cost of materia/.-The average cost per pupil for
material including drawing material, is fifty-five cents
per year.
  Scheme of manual instruction.-The scheme of man-
ual instruction is educational as opposed to technical.


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