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May 27, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(21):1183. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450480047007

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In the year 1888 the city of New York introduced manual training into the curriculum of certain of its public schools. Objection was raised to this innovation on the ground that this work was beyond the sphere of school teaching, and that any effort to make a boy a mechanic during the progress of his general education would necessarily fail. On the other hand, it was argued that the obvious duty of the public school is to prepare the pupil for his future career, and that nothing could be better adapted to this purpose than an educational training to the eye, the hand, and the mind, which would qualify the boy to meet the ordinary emergencies of life. The intention of giving a specific technic training was disclaimed. Because a boy is taught handiness in the use of certain common tools, it no more follows that this is done in

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