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December 25, 1897

THE INFLUENCE OF OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM ON THE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHILD.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(26):1305-1311. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440520015001f

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Abstract

Answers to No. 6.  —To most persons it may seem that such a question as this is entirely superfluous; that the dictates of humanity and common sense would make such a practice an impossibility. From my personal experience as a member of a school board and as a practicing physician however, I am sorry to say that the practice is more prevalent than I would have believed it to be without a thorough investigation of the subject. Indeed, I am satisfied that even superintendents and principals of schools do not fully appreciate how frequently teachers err in this matter. This can probably be explained, in part at least, by the fact that it is a delicate subject, about which parents do not like to make complaint, and which does not receive the attention and discussion in teachers' meetings that its importance demands. Whatever may be the cause of the practice

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