If the experience of this teacher were unique it would not be recounted here. [...] Why do we spend so many years in teaching reading and yet do not succeed in teaching our pupils that reading is not a thing for an idle hour, a luxury, but an indispensable aid in accomplishing whatever they seriously undertake? Why do we teach writing in such a way that the generations take their pens in hand with pain? Why do we teach history to every boy and girl in the land and not get a better return in terms of citizenship? Why do we teach literature without greatly affecting the moral tone of the people? Why has our devotion to nature study resulted so largely in dulled observation and lack of interest on the part of children? [...]
What are you going to do about it? One schoolmaster to whom this question was put replied: "I am going to give it up. I am going into a business in which improvement is possible. I am not going to devote my life to vain and profitless things."
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