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Secondary School Curriculum. Part II. Art and Science: Domestic Art


by Kate S. Anthony 1906

The aim of this course is to make it a vital part of a girl's education. The work finds its suggestion in the home and thus becomes an important factor in correlating the school with the home life. Too much emphasis cannot be put on this side of the question. Women are the natural home makers, but in this day of so many outside interests girls are often led away from a proper conception of this side of their vocation. In a real home each must feel the importance of contributing his part, by doing or making something for it. What is the girl's part? How can she be led to have an understanding of it, that when she has a home of her own, she may be better fitted to take care of it? The useful and often beautiful results of work done with the needle appeal to her. The average high school girl is familiar with those results but often entirely ignorant of the processes involved in bringing them about. She more often has little ability to solve the problems of every-day life with which she is sure to be confronted sooner or later. It is believed that by training girls to think and work systematically, and by demanding that the work shall be thought out before it is done, many of the failures which now so often discourage will be overcome. To accomplish this end, the work is made as practical as possible. In garment making patterns are used, for it is believed that knowing how to fit, adapt, and use patterns will be of greater value to these girls than drafting them.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 3, 1906, p. 257-260
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11614, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 7:33:40 AM

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