Departmental Notes: Physical Education
by Departmental notes - 1902
The new building which the recent gift of $250,000 to Teachers College makes possible, will provide facilities for several very important phases of educational work, and the institution will have one of the finest of the buildings devoted to the interests of health. It is remarkable, but quite in keeping with the history of the College, that the need which Dean Russell emphasized in his last report for an adequate equipment for the training of school hygienists and teachers of physical education, should be filled so quickly through the munificence of an anonymous donor. It is a striking evidence of the appreciation of this neglected side of education on the part of some generous friend of the College. This new building will be unique in several respects. It will provide several gymnastic halls and rooms for games and special forms of exercise, so that a large number of people of different ages and both sexes may be engaged in healthful exercise at one time. These unusual facilities for exercise and play are particularly important where the opportunities for outdoor recreation and exercise are so limited as they are in a great city like New York. The building will provide much needed opportunity for general and special forms of exercise for pupils of the Horace Mann Schools, women students of Teachers College, and instructors of both these institutions. It may also be used by Barnard students and women graduate students of the University. The court behind the building will have a swimming pool, covered by a skylight. The basement will contain bowling alleys and handball courts. On the first floor will be the offices for general medical consultation, the offices of the department, and rooms for physical measurements and examinations. Another room will provide for the special examination of the eyes. There will also be a study and class room for the special students of the department.
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