Ames Daily Tribune from Ames, Iowa on August 31, 1933 · Page 13
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BETTER IK AMJES THURSDAY, ATIOV«1, Educator Asks Which of "Fads And Frills" Can Be Eliminated The following exccrpta were taken from nn address by Howard Plllsbury. Albany N. Y., president of the New YoTk^Slato Teachers association, on the general subject of "Interpreting Modern Education." Mr. PIHsbury's specific topic was ''What Arc tho Pads and Frills of Education?" There Is an Insistent demand today for tho elimination of the fads and frills from our schools. What is a "fad" or a "frill"? Tho answer, undoubtedly, varies with tho timos and background of the speaker. In 1633 reading and writing were fads and frills. One could carry ou the simple life of the early colonies very well without them. There were few boolta and no newspapers, and • one's mark served for the signing of legal documents. Tn 173S arithmetic was a fad. It was considered a most difficult subject, one which few pupils conld hope to study fluccossfully and few teachers teach. In fact a reputation as an "arlthmeticer" conctltuted a u f>pen door to teaching preferment. Tn 1833 geography and history WPI-O fads. * In 1933, what is a fadt While it Is difficult for the average critic to give a definite answer to this question he usually has in mind anything which was not taught In the school which he attended; in other words, to him all the changes of modern education are fads and frills. Eliminate What? And which of the 1933 fads and frills would our critics eliminate? The library Is cited as one of the unwarranted elements of cost in the modern school. The traditional school conceived of education, primarily as a matter of training the memory. For this purpose the student was given a single text whose statements he was expected to accept without question and memorize In preparation for an examination. The modern school is much more interested Jn training the pupil to think. For this purpose a single text will not suffice. He must read widely, learn where and how to secure his facts, and what to do with them after he gets them in the solution of the problems with which he is confronted. With the conception of education, the library becomes an absolute necessity. In fact, it may be called the heart of the school. But libraries cost .money. Shall we then return to the memory type of learning? i The whole field of health, including nurse service, medical examination, orthopedic work, den- tal service, physical training ant mental hygiene, !s under fire. The exigencies of city life make thi ono ot the most essential func tlons of the school. It will profl little to fill our children's head with facts until they become walk Ing encyclopedias, if thru the lacl of those knowledges, habits and attitudes essential to tho main tenance of physical fitness thej shall become burdens to them selves and liabilities to society Health instruction costs money but can we. afford to do wlthou It? Art, Music, Vocation* Then there are art and music Yet never were the problems ot a wise .use of leisure time so acute as at present and these problems are destined to Increase in magni tude with the inevitable Increase in leisure, The creation of leisure without a corresponding provision for the resourceful use of that leisure is filled with dynamite. A love for good literature, music and art Is our best defense against the misuse of this Increasing leisure. They do add slightly to the cost of education but can we safely eliminate them? Vocational education—home ec onomics and industrial arts—also add to the cost of education but for a large proportion of our child ren they represent the most valu able activity and materials o learning that the schools have ye! devised... .There are a wealth o studies showing the close connection between the lack of a trade and a career of crime. Can we safely take the chance involved in dumping thess children into the scrap heap? Stabilizing Influence The schools ot today with tj^eir "fads and frills" are the most im portant stabilizing influences we have In the community. Every thoughtful citizen has been amaz ed during this period of depression at the almost negligible amount o r lawlessness and disorder. Much o the credit for the high morale o our people in this time of dlstresc belongs to those .very "fadfl am frills" which have enabled the school to function in the lives o its pupils. It may well be questioned whether many of those activities which have found their way into the curriculm in f^sponse to the needs of the twentieth century are not much more necessary to soflnc education today and . have not therefore, a much greater right to continuance in the curriculum than some of these which came* in response to the needs of the sev enteenth century when social con. d it ions were very different. SISTER MARY'S KITCHEN BY SISTER MARY NBA ^crvlcc Writer. 1TJEAT pouring-down from the iJtT relentless sun.does something (to our appetites, and special foods are needed to tempt us. The nour- iishing drink that makes a com- iplcte-meal when served with'Sand- ! wiches in variety solves many a [•difficult meal problem satlsfactov- iily and appetizingly. ! Chocolate Is a universal favorite for cold beverages but there (are any number of other flavors /that are available. Fruit juice, jspices, vanilla, almond, pistachio, [caramel, maple—in fact, anything iyou may fancy can be combined 'with milk to make a refreshing 'and nourishing drink. The syrup Ifrom preserves and jam as well as ijelly adds more flavors to the list. Milk alone or milk and egg Is /used with the chosen syrup. Ot pcourse powdered, condensed and {evaporated milks can be used with tas good results as if- fresh milk t 'were used. Keep in mind that no (sugar will be necessary In the (drink made with condensed milk. r Remember, too, that the drink (made without egg is not as rich in (food value as the one made with 'egg. It's a good idea to keep a few .cans of evaporated milk ia the refrigerator all the time. Fruit ljuices combine splendidly with the iuiulUuted milk to make healthful jand delicious food drinks, 1 Pineapple Shake • ! One cup chilled pineapple Juice, (1-3 cup .chilled evaporated milk, il teaspoon lemon juice, chipped (ice. i Add pineapple Juice to milk and [shake hard. Add ice and lemon Tomorrow's Menu BREAKFAST: Cantaloupe, scrambled- eggs with rice, whole wheat toast, milk, coffee, LUNCHEON: Assorted vegetable sandwiches,.orange eggnog, cocoanut macaroons. DINNER: Broiled flsh steaks, creamed radishes, salad- ot tomatoes stuffed with cabbage and celery and green peppers, rice pudding with peaches, milk, coffee. juice and. shake. The rule, makes two.ser-vings. Any fruit juice can be iised in the same way. This drink with a cookie makes it quite unnecessary to serve dessert for a family luncheon or supper, Orimgc Eggnog One egg, 2 oranges, 1 cup chilled milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, £ew grains salt, crushed ice. Squeeze juice from oranges and grate rind. Add rind to juiee and let stand while preparing other ingredients. Separate yolk from white ot egK. Beat yolk with sugar and add strained juice. Beat well and add milk and salt. Mix thoroughly and fold in white o^ egg beaten until stiff. Be sure to chill orange and egg as well as milk before mixing. This rule makes 'two' servings. When you serve a drjnk made with egg you are adding VO calories of protein and fat as well as vitamins and minerals to the usual glass ot milk. This is the case when a whole egg Is used tor each person. Read the Want Ads Daily NEW HIGH SCHOOL PROPOSED HERE Question of Location Is Perplexing For nearly two years, the Ames board of education has had under active consideration the problem of erecting a new high school build- Ing to provide for an ever increasing enrollment and the rapid deterioration of the present Central school building. Due to the general economic conditions, the new.building has progressed only to the point of tenta,- tlve sketches, made by the architectural firm employed more than a year ago for that purpose. No decision lias as yet been reached on a probable site for a high school. The board has. contentplatecK a $200,000 structure, and has filed application with tho Iowa federal public works board for financial aid in constructing a building. No word has come as yet regarding this, and the matter, at present is quite dormant. Advantage* Slipping Away In the meantime, construction materials are facing sharp increases in price, and the era of favorable construction costs Is rapidly slipping away. The Question of & site lor a new high school IB one not easy to settle. The board has endeavored to obtain a cross section of opinion from various group* in Ames on the subject. Members of the board lean favorably toward a site in the vicinity of Grand avenue and Thirteenth street, but there Is a determined opposition to this location by a considerable group. There are many who feel that the present site of the Central school is the most practical for a high school. But exports who have given the board the advantage of their advice, are strongly against that location. Almost anywhere would be better than the preaent school site, they declare. Accessibility Only Attribute The downtown site Is accessible to all parts ot the city, hut there is little else in It* favor. It is too small, and would not permit inclusion of an athletic field close to the school building. It Is near a rapidly expanding business district, and closo to the railroad, both conditions being adverse to the best environment for schor>] purposes. In June, 1932, the city planning commission brot to Ames Flavei Shumeff, » nationally known expert in city planning. Mr. Sburtleff briefly surveyed the Ames topography and street plan. Combining hi* observation with the general trend of school construction policies over the country, he advised at once that a new high school be built near the outskirts of the city, preferably in the Grand-Thirteenth ares. Six months prior to that, Dean P. C. Packer of the college of education, University of Iowa, made a special study of the Ames school house problem, and filed a brief report with- the board of education on the subject. Dean Packer «ai«i: Grarvd-13th Bent 3lte "The territory on the north side of town in the vicinity of Thirteenth street and Grand avenue U without doubt the best and only sensible place to locate the school, forty or fifty acres of land may be secured which would permit not only giving, th<> school plant itself adequate setting, but -would also permit the development of a play field, tennis courts, parking space and all the many necessary features of a modern school plant. "It should be borne in mind that n the long run, this proposal Is he most economical as well a* the lesttsolution. No matter what the ward of education decides to do, t will be condemned. As you no doubt know from past experiences t is Impossible to please your entire community. "I hope this board will decide to be abused for doing something worthwhile rather than for doing something insignificant. In making* .his,decision, the board should be more concerned with what the citizens of Ames will think. 10 years rom now of this board's acts in connection with tlie development of he school plant, rather than with present opinion." Disadvantage* Downtown Referring to the present high chool and Central school sites, and Q the field house site, Dean Packer said: "The downtown location automatically eliminates itself as being oo limited in area, even with the possible extensions. If the business district about it is further ex- ended, and there i* re**OQ to be(Continued on Page Seven) START THE SCHOOiL YEAR RIGHT! Get a new permanent be- fort school start*. NATU&KLLZ CKOQUIGNOL* Phone 10* Rdd'f Sb* Washed With - a Mother's Care A LL clothe* washed bj a* are retvraed to y** absolutely free from the sliffeUet trae* «f •cap. They art simply cleaa sweet clothe* with nothing in them to irritate the most delicate skin. 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