Education is compulsory in this country for all children from the ages of 6 to 14. In some states the duration of school life is longer. If the child is not presented by its parents for instruction, the parents must present some good excuse for its non-appearance; and social reasons are not accepted. There are numerous chronic ailments of childhood which absolutely prevent or militate against its receiving any instruction. The more important of these are serious congenital mental defects and defects of the heart or organs of speech. There exist, also, many minor defects, eradicable, provided the parents are informed that such defects exist. The existence of the minor defects, such as squint, nearsightedness, adenoids, enlarged tonsils, bad teeth, nervous twitchings, and so on, are often not discovered by the parents, nor is their seriousness realized until the child has for some time been under the influence of school
WILLIAMS LR. A PLEA FOR THE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION OF ALL SCHOOL CHILDREN.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1663–1665. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320200021002e
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