A Scheme Praised
Dr. Williamson praised the scheme of medical inspection of school children, which, he said, was having beneficent results, of the provision of free meals for those children who required them, as a hungry or ill-clothed child, he stated, could not take advantage of the tuition it was given.
The education of the child, he went on, had considerably changed in his time, and he was at a loss to know whether for the better or otherwise. "It would appear to me that the school programme has become too comprehensive and a great variety of subjects taken up, that, in my opinion, make confusion in a developing brain. Essentials should be adhered to that would mould the mind in such a manner as to render their education suited to their environments.
"The three R's are to be commended, and not departed from until mastered; geogrpahy and history, with the literature of our country, should be acquired; after which other subjects undertaken to fit or prepare the child to earn its own livelihood, no matter in what station of life, as the child getting older will show an inclination one way or another for business, professional, mechanical, or any other pursuits in which they can earn their own living.
"As to school hours, it appears to me there is a great divergence of opinion. A great deal depends on the home, and I would just say, as I was taught in my youth, 'Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.' There is also a difference of opinion as to home lessons. It may be in some cases advantageous to have no home lessons; to others it would, in my opinion, be detrimental, as it might tend to lessen the interest of the parent, allowing parental responsibility more or less to cease. I my early days it was 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,' and it seems to me the reverse is much followed at the present day."
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