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10 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE MARCH 20 1931 RURAL SCHOOLS ARE PRAISED Miss J e s s i e Parker Tells What Part They Play in Education. "One great weakness of the rural school particularly the ' one room rural school is the inferiority complex of all parties concerned, developed largely by wholesale criticishi and belittling of such schools ,oy people who Â· insist that no good thing can come out of Nazareth," said Miss Jessie Parker, rural school inspector, at the conference of the rural teachers attending the teachers' convention. . , "Over have of America's public school, children come- from rural homes. v Half a million teachers work in rural schools and about two thirds of all the .natSoh's, schoolhouses are of the familiar one-room type. If two-thirds of our .schools are all wrong our state would tie desperate. But are they all wrong? Â· Are there not some advantages about these one-room schools? We hear tod ay'much talk'about individ- .ual instruction,.the Winnetka plan, the contract system, and the like, if these are good, the country school has been in the vanguard'for here the individual child is taught-there is no mass instruction. Are "Mixed Up.". "The rural' school approaches a life situation what someone ( calls - 'all mixed up' with large and small as in the average family. It offers Â· a chance to develop leadership* and co-operation. Every child .' participates in all school activities. The .family as a whole, participates in P. T. A. meetings, the Farm Bureau and Farm Union meeting, and similar programs. The 4-H fclubs offer ( a -fine working program. Furthermore, the .work of "the farm-itself is a working partnership where the child .learns co-operation, initiative and responsibility. , "The Journal of the National Educational association says: 'The future of America requires the enrichment of country life. The rural school is the first step in such a program.' ."If you are a good rural teacher you are a good pedagogue, janitor, nurse, mother, physical director, dramatic coach, music teacher and what not. r You have a laboratory -in which to make a real contribution in the solution of the rural school problem. Someone said . the other day: TVhat we need in our rural districts is inspired leadership. Our town buildings do not have correct lighting, ventilation, study methods, etc., by chance or because people j demanded them. They are due to inspired leaders who knew good things and led people to accept them. Notice I say 'led' not .'drove.' It means 'let us go' not just 'go.' It means alertness and study for.jf educators are not alert the Teoirte-wiUl gp ahead of them. The radio is bringing a wforld'of education, to our rural patrons and pupilr-i. ' So as rural teachers throw away any inferiority complex. Hold up your heads and be proud.of your job. -It is second to none in the teaching world in importance and one of you may be the Moses to lead'us out of the wilderness. What to Dp. ., "How do this: Here are a few of the many things you can do; First of all give your boys and girls a clean, sanitary building and wholesome environment. This should he the work of the whole schopl, children and teacher working together. There is too much 'Let George do it* in all our civic life. Give the children responsibility as a vital part of their training. They like it. It is fine training to post notices of duties on the bulletin board and have the teacher's responsibility cease. As I visit the rural schools I sometimes think some of the poorest housekeepers have a fatal facility for getting good new school houses to spoil. "One of the worst was taught by a four year graduate (tho this i not due to-the education, one of the best was likewise taught by a col lege graduate), a week's chalk dus ' on the floor,, dirty wash basin, cur tains askew, library, books jamme in all positions, papers all ove desks and floors, wraps thrown down on a table. Not "more than two miles away. we saw an ol building with poor floor but mad very attractive by cleanliness an good taste, taught and, well-taugh by a little normal training girl in a bright colored smock. Doing Good Work. "Most of the schools are doin good work in teaching health habi and our music program is scttin the pace for other states and meet ing one of the seven cardinal objectives of edueativn--that of the wise use of leisure time. There is another thing which might, it seems to me, be well worth stress. That is-training in courtesy--giving the child social poise. It is the. oil which lubricates the whole machine --and prevents burned-oul; bearings. Ease in meeting people--that sum of all the impressions you have .received called personality--these, can be developed and nothing contributes more to success in life. A young high school girl whom I saw not long ago in a receiving line at a reception illustrated .this. It was the fourth or fifth ; time she had done this--her training had made all this second nature--she had all the poise and ease of a veteran society matron." ' FIRM SETTLES IN MEAD DEATH Agreement Is, Reached by Oil Company Out of Court in Nashua Case. NASHUA, March 20.--A settlement has been' made out .of court by the Standard Oil company w'ith Mr. "and Mrs. Clifford Mead, who claimed, damages for the"death of their little daughter, Alberta, who was burned in September, the complaint being based upon the grounds that there was gasoline mixed with kerosene used to build a fire. Mr. and Mrs. Mead were in Charles City when the. accident happened and when Alberta attempted to start a fire in the stove when she returned from school, her clothing caught fire and she lived but a few hours following the accident. Dorothy Wampfer, a neighbor's child, was with 'Alberta at the time of the fire.^-and was considerably burned, but not seriously. The' clothing of Fern Mead, a sister of Alberta, caught fire at th2 same time, but was extinguished before she was burned. Former Mlnnesotan Named. WASHINGTON, March 20. UP)-The appointment of Eldgar J. Goodrich of Charleston, W. Va,, as Â« member of the board of tax appeals, was announced today at the while house. He is a native of Minnesotn, but has long been a resident of West Virginia. .' Dean at Michigan U Heads North Gentral Â· Colleges' Association CHICAGO, March 20. (JP--J. B. Edmonson, dean of the Â· school of education at the University of Michigan, was elected president of the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools today, succeeding Merle Prunty of Tulsa, Okla. SWING ALONG WITH STYLE B ILLIKEN ARCH SHOES re an aristocratic fool'cov- ering . * -They hiatc . the feet loot daintier end more' graceful. MADE IN THE SEASON'S LATEST STYLES ;.. AND Â·COLOR COMBINATIONS Rilli'kett, The MERKEL CO. "HIGHEST TEST" at the price of ordinary gasoline He Le're.is the outstanding, sensational fact about Phillips 66 ... the greater gasoline. It has a controlled, Â·weather-matching gravity of : 65.3Â° to 69-6Â° and xrosts you not one penny extra. This is a unique statement. Only the trust, worthy Phillips organization can make it about ;Â·'.'Â· a gasoline. It means that you can actually feel the difference in your car. That it brings out the best in your motor. When you want high test without higher cost, look for the Orange and Black 66 shield. 2 .Northwood Students Taken',. on Lions Trip NORTHWOOD, March 20.--Harold Nelson and Misa Bertha Haase, members of the senior class of the Nbrthwood high school^ : were selected as the outstanding boy and girl students to receive the honor of a trip to Des Moines ;as guests of the local Lions club. They left this morning accompanied by several members of the' club, making a party of two auto loads. Mr. Nelson is a son of Mrs. Ella 1 Nelson, a widow, and is doing part time work to help earn his way thru schoo.l. Miss Haase is also earning a part of her school expenses. Both have high scholarship standings and are in extra activities. Will Vote on Movies. WASHINGTON, Iowa, March 20. (UP)--An informal balloting on the subject of Sunday motion pictures will be held here March 30 in conjunction with the annual city officials election, according to announcement today. Will Go on Excursion. WORTHINGTON, /Minn., March 20. W)--A special train carrying 4-H club boys and girls' and their parents will leave here Saturday morning on an excursion to University Farm* in St. Paul. A full day; will be spent at the farm. CLOSING OUT SALE March 24 at 12:00--Free Lunch at 11 Five miles south of Clear Lake on Thornton highway No. 107 and one-half mile west. 3 HEAD OF HORSES 3--2 MULES 2 5--BROOD SOWS -- 5 A full- line of farm machinery and many other articles' H. A. JACKSON SON Ora Bayless, Auctioneer Palmeter, Cerro Gordo State Bank, Clerk Welcome Teachers The fashions illustrated are striking examples of wise ways to chic. They have a luxury 'look that belies their low prices. IT DOESN'T TAKE GENIUS T HE smartly dressed women you see about town do not pay a king's ransom for their clothes. They don't go to expensive dressmakers, nor do they make frequent trips to style centers to choose their apparel. Then how do ' they do it you.ask? They watch the style tendencies in the magazines; they learn all there is to know about fashion; .they become schooled in the fine points of what constitutes good style; then they come here and find out just the smart frocks and furbelows that give the utmost in style at a minimum in outlay. MERKEL'S ECONOMY BASEMENT STYLE-RIGHT APPAREL AT MINIMUM COST--ALWAYS! DRESSES $7.90 COATS $9.90 COATS $14.75 If your budget is very limited--or if you just want an inexpensive garment--you cannot do better than by going to Merkel's Economy Basement. ' At $7.90 there are adorable chiffons, prints, polka Â»dots and plain crepe dresses. At 59.90 and $14.75 there are two groups of smartly styled coats with or without fur trimming. Plain woolens or novelty tweeds in new finishes and colors are used.