This is a major “recycle” since most of the words are from someone else in another time period!
Found this in the January 16, 1920 issue of The Caddo Herald and just had to share:
“Grammar School Notes: The fifth grade pupils say they are just about in favor of doing away with Christmas holidays as all the teachers do is to spend that time in making rules to be enforced. Monday Miss Laudie tightened up all the loose screws ‘till we can’t do anything but sit up straight and study and she sure made bad rules on talking too.”
The same issue contains one of the longest articles I’ve ever seen in the Herald (that did not pertain to crime). It’s an explanation of the school’s “new tardy policy”, written by the superintendent, E. O. Shaw. Apparently there had been a controversy about some children being sent home rather than letting them disrupt class by arriving quite late. Some of his remarks are about discipline in general and very interesting:
“Without order and discipline and system pupils cannot give attention; without attention they cannot learn. The most important effect of order and system is their influence on the characters of the pupils. Without them at least one-half of a teacher’s time is wasted, partly through the inattention of the pupils and partly to reducing their disorder or irregularities.”
And these problems are listed: whispering, writing notes, playing practical jokes, absences and tardies and all things which distract the attention of others. “They are acts which are not wrong within themselves, but which hinder the work of the schools.”
Mr. Shaw states that set rules were not given out at the beginning of the year, but instead were “made only when the occasion demanded it”. He further explains that rules and regulations are set “for the sole purpose of aiding the child in the formation of such habits as will assist in the development of a worthy and a pleasing character.”
I couldn’t agree more Mr. Shaw.