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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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relief and freedom to their own work. But this benefit, like that of the care of the house, is not conferred without a tax of care and of good will. *The Regulations posted on the walls announce it thus:
" The mothers are obliged to send their children to the ' Children's House ' clean, and to co-operate with the Di­rectress in the educational work."
Two obligations: namely, the physical and moral care of their own children. If the child shows through its conversation that the educational work of the school is being undermined by the attitude taken in his home, he will be sent back to his parents, to teach them thus how to take advantage of their good opportunities. Those who give themselves over to low-living, to fighting, and to bru­tality, shall feel upon them the weight of those little lives, so needing care. They shall feel that they themselves have once more cast into the darkness of neglect those little creatures who are the dearest part of the family. In other words, the parents must learn to deserve the benefit of having within the house the great advantage of a school for their little ones.
" Good will," a willingness to meet the demands of the Association is enough, for the directress is ready and will­ing to teach them how. The regulations say that the mother must go at least once a week, to confer with the directress, giving an account of her child, and accepting any helpful advice which the directress may be able to give. The advice thus given will undoubtedly prove most illuminating in regard to the child's health and education, since to each of the " Children's Houses " is assigned a physician as well as a directress.
The directress is always at the disposition of the
* See page 70,
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