Elementary School Curriculum. First Year: The Development of the Social Spirit
by Miriam C. Winchester - 1906
The Aim of the School The effort is made to have in the schoolroom, as far as is consistent with classroom conditions, a home-like atmosphere. Our policy is to have the child realize that "he does not live unto himself alone," but rather that he has certain responsibilities toward others. With a larger circle than that of the home there come more definite demands upon him. He is now one among many and has not only his own rights, but also those of his classmates to consider. His relations to his fellows, to the class, and to the school are emphasized with the hope of creating an environment in which he may become self-governing. Influence of the Home Owing to their home influences and ideals, we practically never have children in the school with vicious tendencies. The majority are truthful, honest, and have a keen sense of justice. Their home associations teach them social customs and how to observe them. On the other hand, owing to these same home conditions, they are frequently dependent upon parents and servants, are often irresponsible and exceedingly careless about their own property. Some are inconsiderate of the rights of others. They have been the center of attention in the home, have become somewhat egotistical, and have acquired the habit of insisting upon immediate attention. While not willfully disobedient they are slow to respond to a request, and frequently wait to question or to argue. They also lack a sense of personal responsibility due, in a measure at least, to the custom prevalent in many homes of paying money or giving reward for good behavior.
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