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Hand Work in the Horace Mann School: Domestic Art in the Horace Mann School


by Mary S. Woolman - 1900

The study of the rise of primitive races shows that household activities were important factors in their development. Spinning, weaving, rope-making, netting, basketry, sewing, garment-making, embroidery, and the designing for all of these purposes were common tasks then as well as now, and assisted in giving mental power, moral stamina, and ideas of beauty to the workers while also ministering to their comfort. In our colonial days these same household duties had a large share in developing strong, resourceful characters, and thus were of value educationally as well as economically. Domestic art has chosen for its special study certain groups of home interests as being important in the manual-training field. As these industries furnish a large part of the world's work to-day, their use in education should lead to increased social efficiency in the pupils. The needle belongs to the everyday experience of the child, and represents one of the most common activities of life. It is not only the personal independence of the worker herself that may be gained, but her ability and inclination to lend a hand in useful and needed directions.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 5, 1900, p. 324-331
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9697, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 2:50:54 PM

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