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May 9, 1885

PAPER VERSUS SLATES IN SCHOOLS.

JAMA. 1885;IV(19):521. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390940017005

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Abstract

A correspondent in a recent daily paper over the nom de plume of " Parent," complains most bitterly of the action of the Board of Education in substituting paper blocks for the " slates of our daddies." Among other unreasonable observations, he says the action of the board " is certainly dictated by no principle of practical common sense." The writer does not know why the board substituted paper blocks for slates, but he does know that black on white is unquestionably far easier to determine than white on black, and consequently it removes one of the causes of myopia.

When we consider that myopia is greatly increasing in this country, and that it is the cause of about ten per cent, of all cases of blindness (Ophthalmic Review, April, 1885, p. 94) we ought to be very thankful that the board realizes in a measure its responsibility, and is determined to diminish,

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