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Scientific Methods As Applied To Child Education In "the Children's Houses"

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INAUGURAL ADDRESS
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warfare for practical hygiene, an end made possible by the simple task of conserving the already perfect conditions.
Here indeed is something new! So far only our great national buildings have had a continued maintenance fund. Here, in these houses offered to the people, the maintenance is confided to a hundred or so workingmen, that is, to all the occupants of the building. This care is almost per­fect. The people keep the house in perfect condition, without a single spot. The building in which we find ourselves to-day has been for two years under the sole pro­tection of the tenants, and the work of maintenance has been left entirely to them. Yet few of our houses can compare in cleanliness and freshness with this home of the poor.
The experiment has been tried and the result is remarka­ble. The people acquire together with the love of home-making, that of cleanliness. They come, moreover, to wish to beautify their homes. The Association helps this by placing growing plants and trees in the courts and about the halls.
Out of this honest rivalry in matters so productive of good, grows a species of pride new to this quarter; this is the pride which the entire body of tenants takes in having the best-cared-for building and in having risen to a higher and more civilised plane of living. They not only live in a house, but they hnow how to live, they know how to re­spect the house in which they live.
This first impulse has led to other reforms. From the clean home will come personal cleanliness. Dirty furni­ture cannot be tolerated in a clean house, and those persons living in a permanently clean house will come to desire personal cleanliness.
One of the most important hygienic reforms of the As-
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