Ames Daily Tribune from Ames, Iowa on August 3, 1933 · Page 7
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"1UT IK AMIS DSJ&Y TUJBUlfl TIMES AMES IOWA THUKSDAY, AUOU8T 3, 1933. Principal Finds Magazines Highly Useful in Jr. High A case for the use of magazines In the junior high school teach- Jflff program is ably presented by Miss Verna Schmidt, principal of Central junior higrh school, in a report she presented to the board of education on this subject. Magazines and newspapers have come to occupy such a prominent place in the home and in the individual roadinf of everv literate person, that it is only logical the public schools should -, -.-—-- ---, --,attempt to, shape an orderly and profitable program of msjra- ln training for a better use joU?ls zine reading in the inind of *'•" - V:IJ - - • Schmidt's theorv. the Centra) p. T. A. j»v« ?*5 to the school to be used where mo*t B ceded, and it -was applied to die magazine fund as something touching the'' most students, Miss Schmidt tlald. The last school year, about $20 was contributed. "We find magazines a very valuable help in our regular school work" Miss Schml concluded," and they have a place of their own ID our ext,r»-curricttlar activities the child, according to Miss "We are very much convinced that in this magazine age, an age when I fear good magazines will be supplanted by the vicious ««-• less the coming generation ha« cultivated a taste for the better, It is the duty of the schools to guide students In magazine reading." 1 Miss Schmidt said. "Only by subjecting them to the best available can this be done, and since many homes have no magazines, or what is -worse only bad ones, the school is the logical place for-contacting them." Value In Seela! Science The use of magaiiL-es In the study of social science finds its greatest value for the student in teaching him to make judgements. Miss Schmidt .said"the earlier, one. plants the; seeds,of historical criticism, the] (ess chance there will be for blind prejudices and thoughtless gullibility we see »o often displayed, she stated. "Since the ordinary reader gets most of his ideas from magazines and newspaper, we feel it is our duty to help students choose the best magazines available for their understanding, and then to help them in learning to read them un- | defstandtagly ; and with open ; minds, ! "Reading ig for many one of tb* finest forms of recreation. We have j discovered that many student* I who have not found an Interest in ' our school club program, wide as we have tried to nuke it. find ( raucli enjoyment in reading our j magazines. I Cultivate Taatec ; "Moat .of the ..boys, and girls who. we are sure, have no access to magazines. And. especially good ones, at homes. They are cultivating a taste for finer reading and higher standards of enjoyment, to say nothin_ of the incidental lear ning that we must admit is often . retained more than regular studies, simply because it '; not part of studies. ' "It has long'.been a cardinal principle of education to help * child do Veil what he 'will do anyway." ' ' Miss Schmidt's report on thf- U6t of magazines in her school was : the result of a challenge of theif value and of the cost of maintaining the small school mag azta«? library. "Until challenged with the qaestlon. "Do magazines have a place-in the junior high school li that there -.could be a question about It." she. said. "We had worked hard.to supply all we could possibly get, and were sorry we could not have more. In the face of the question, I began to take stock." .Her report is the result of her stock 'taking. || Used In Class Work j All English teachers reported to ! Miss Schmidt that 1 -certain maga-. i zines were used for materials for ! oral reports "and .for flluitraticg. j Pictures of graphs were used a great deal when studying graphs in arithmetic. Ofteu. problems ; from magazines, or magazine ma- ! terial was brot to class. News- ! papers, too, were use-^ fc studying I markets, bonds, etc. i "Scieutific materials within the i range of students abound in the { magazines, and are especially use- j ful," Miss ; Schmidt said. "There i is an appeal abonf some new dis- | covery or gome new angle found in a current magazine that. inter- j ests boys and girls more than ' scientific books. They learn to weigh .materials, to judge their! merit or probable honesty, a very vital point in this day of many magazine* and much newspaper writing." Home nursing- and personal hygiene classes were Tery dependent upon new materials gleaned from magazines. Miss Schmidt found. Like all sciences "in this day of rapid change, a small school library of books, or even a large one, could hardly be kept up to date. Aid In Current Events As to the selection of magazines for school use, Miss ScLmidt said that the study of current history, or current events, would obviously be' much hampered if the teachers had to depend upon news glean^ ed only from newspapers and mag- azlnes found Jn many of the homes, ^furthermore, there are many students who have no access to magazines at home. "Geography takes on new meaning when reading in current magazines and newspapers calls upon and adds to what our text book gives us," the principal said. "The study of the social scien- c ?, s * s well as of others, is much vitalized when students find an allusion or discussion based upon their text book study. It Is a di™ f a " S 7v r to the Question: What is the use of studying—?' Club. Use Magazine, "Magazines have been used in srffib^.^«^t2s !L*±^?_ -jtho^CUterest- from understandable to school boys and girls. mind we have subscribed time to time for all that came within our knowledge. Sometimes we have found that with our limited meanr some were used too little to justify the expenditure, m such cases, the magazines have been dropped and more copies of those used have been added. "Excepting tho- last two years, we have borne all the costs of magazines In "i" 1 library nurselvcK. Somft of the teachers subscribed for magazines themselves (RR they still dn» and contributed thorn 10 iho library, Olhrrs, wp hoii^lii , with stray funds avnllablc, funds or borrowed f roTr othp/ . funds, money found and not claimed, ect." P. T. A. Helps Pay Cost During the 1931-32 school year, ure time; "in fact, fam^ulte sure I could show how. every one of the seven cardinal principles of. education could be furthered, by the- use of our little library of magazines., 5 Mo In Research Lost in Fire Experimental data OB research concerning utilization of agricultural wastes and other bacteriological experiments, besides several thousand dollars worth of equipment, were lost in the flre In the science building at Iowa State college, early Tuesday morning, a checkup requiring several hours revealed late Tuesday. Estimates of members of the bacteriology staff of the college placed the loss at between *&. working on experiments in the 000 and $6,UOO. [laboratory. All the experiments The flre destroyed almost com- dealt with P h » sea ot ferrnenta- pletely the work of O. L. Osburn. research assistant in bac- tion. Several library books which tVrinin, 7 .v . i, ,7 A ,, ° ac * win »« difficult to replace were teriology for the United States i 08t as WP II „, no t«>s ,,s P rt h,. .w " s -' tion of agricultural wastes in making butyl alcohol from fermentation. Work conducted by Milton Nelson, a fellow In bac terioJogy, was nearly destroyed. Mr. Osb-urn said the fire caused a loss of more than five months in time on bis experiment. The extent of the damage to the other experiments in the laboratory in the basement of the building where the flre started is not known. Howard Reynolds and Harland G. Woods were also ments. Fifty rats used in experiments in zoology wore killed. SHELDAHL SHELDAHL July 31—Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hummer and sou Dean of Des Moit.es visited the grandparents, Mr. am! Mrs. S- C. Hummer Friday. Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hummer left for the world's fair and Dean IE staying with his grandparents during their absence. Mr. and Mrb. Chas Klonglan and Mr. and Mrs. L. p. Barp and Eunice and Marian Sheldahl motored to Des Moines Sunday morning where they attended services at the University Church of Christ and enjoyed a picnic dinner at the park at noon. Mrs. S. C. Hummer attended the Sempler Fidelia club meeting in Des Moines Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Asserson of St. Ansgar spent Sunday at the S. C. Hummer home. Margaret and Marian Sheldahl spent Saturday night at the Alf Seltz home in Madrid. Claudle Nemier and Robert Coon accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Bert Carrol to Norway Saturday for a visit there. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Erickson and pioirm family of Rolfe spent the week- fad at the Henry Erickton horot. Aunt SheldaW ea.led oa Mrs. E. 7wedt and Lavona Monday afternoon. Mr and Mrs. Martin Sh«ldahl and family attended the thresher meeting and Ice cream supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. B Sheldahl near Huxley Monday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Nels Flugum and Philip and Miss Carrie Larson of Huxley called on the grandmother •Mrs. O. Sheldahl and Anna Sunday atternoon. 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