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   Boston Daily Globe (Newspaper) - December 14, 1890, Boston, Massachusetts                                20 THE BOSTON^ SUNDAY GLOBE-SUNDAY./ cECEMBEE' 14,: 1890-TWENTY-BIGHT PAGES,' SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 1890. TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES. IvrtNIATUKE AXiMAKTAO..,, .Deo. 14 BTANDAM) TIME. Sun K'bcs. ... 7 Oi? Sun Sets.....�* 13 , Length of Day. 0 06 I Moon Sots.. 0 64 tm Mooti'b ChaTigos. First. onftrtor,Doo. 18, 31i. sam., evening:, E Fnll Moon, Doo. 2B, Oh. fi7m., mominff, W {jBstnuartor, Jan. 8. fih. 12m., uioming-, E Kew Moon, Jan. 10, lOh. 26m., morniiiE, 15 Manuscript sent to The Glebe will net be considered unless return posteise is tncltscd. I mm. The average circMlcMnn ef TItE S08-roy DAXIjY GIiOItMfor the month of Kovember, 1890, tvat rJin avwaffeoiroulatton of TMM Jf OS-TON BXrNDAX GZOSM for the month of Ji'ovetnber uiaa XHM OliOSJS has a larger, regular, paid, hona fide eiroitlation than any other lioston netespapert and itjill pay $B000 in cnnh to any man ivTio uiill prove that this atatement Is not an abeo-lutefact. pace that la set thoro, l)ut their frionds should not despair on this account, nor a-ssail the Institute. Thoro are plenty of educational Institutions In the Statu to which thoy can ba eont, that will not suh-jeot theui to such strain, and that issue pretty parolimonfa to idle and wealthy y'ouiie' men. But I implore the Joshioniihlo educators to keep their hands off the one institution iimons us whoso diplomas are passports to profitable omploymont, a BTUftrantoe o( export training-, and that moans something more than that a boy has more leisure and his father more money that thoy know how to wisely employ. Er.mu B. IIa.ths, BUBSCKIFTIOISr HJi.TH3. Tbb DAtLT atoBi-One oopj, per in�nB�, eo lents; par year, fO.OO. Postago prepaid. Tbb Bckdat dLOBE-By mall, ga.OO por year. PostagB uropaia. Thr Webkli Qlobd-By mall, 51.00 per year. Postage prepaid. tiS Washington Street........................BoaUm Entered at tlie Post Offloo. Boston, Maes,, us too-Bcd olau matter. THE POPTTLAB OEY AGAINST OVEE-BTXTDT. The somewhat discordant note whloh President HuOT of Harvard College struck at the Massachusetts Teachers' Associa-tiou meeting the other day has met with many responsive echoes. .Many observors of our educational system, although not as prominent and competent, but who judge of it by results, as observers of any system must, foel that his address contains some plain and wholesome truths, Thoy fool that the trouble is not in the incompetence of either our scholars or toaohers, but In the prevailing methods. It should bo borne In mind, however, that the school system is not only the product of those Immediately engaged m the education of tho young, but is largely the outcome of public opinion. A teacher is not only expected to train, but to please, the scholar, as woU as tbe parents and the community in gonoral; and tbe number of pooplo wlio have not been inside a school for a quarter of a century, and yet know exactly what ought to be done there, is extraordiniu-ily largo, and they are not at all bashful In expressing their opinions. If Jlr. Join.' LAWHENcn StoI/Ivaji should fall to win a prize fight bocauso his fond relatives and an admiring coramtvnlty had formulated the sj'stom of his training work and diet, his trainer would become tho laughing stock of the sporting fraternity, and be obliged to open a barroom for a livelihood. But everybody seems to think they can dictate to a toaclior and yet havo the scholar equipped in the best manner for the battle of life. The popular demands of BOhool Ufa are Impossibilities. A teacher, lu 22% hours a week In 280 weeks, which is tho overage school life of the Mas3.ichnsott3 scholar, is expected to give thorough instruction in tho admittedly essential branches, and to Impart besides physical, musical, artistic culture, deportment and what-not. Tlic Emperor of Germany says that tho reason so many addJopatod yoimg men aro tamed out of tho Gorman schools is bocauso the practical things of life are not taught, and l^residont Eliot in effect says tho same thing. One of the most popular humbugs of tho day, and tho most damaging to the schools, is the cry that children are being klUod in our sciiools by overstudy. The Institute of Technology has boon very sharply crlticisod recently for tho exacting character of tho covirso of stndios and examinations pursued there. It is asserted that no educational Institution in the country graduates so small a percentage of thoso who enter it, and the Rcrlons charge is mado that tills lead.s to tho physical and mental broaJcdown of many of its scholars. It Is the claim of the critics tliat the boys cannot stand the strass to which tho system of the Institute subjects them. This Is tlio popular ory raised against nearly all our schools, but It Is hardly anything but a cry, Fond mothers like to bo told by their favorite physicians that their boys have bujglng brains; such overwhelming Intellect In great heads that it is likely to bo iiltogother too niucli for their feeble oodles, Kobody understajids this bettor than tho favorite physician. Consequently when anything ails tho hopeful heir, from cigarette Bmoldng to measles, his parents and phyaiclaus v.-iseiy and mournfully remark that he is being conBumod by intellectual fire. The boy, it ho is a bright one, and the skating good, or tiie base ball season on. Is apt to join tlie chorus, and tho vmlvcvsal verdict is that be sliall bo taken from cotool! or, if ho continues liis studies, the teocbers are irnrnod to give liim knowledge homoaopatliic doses if they do not want U) bogTiihy of ra.insIr.uL'httr. Now, If there is aui'tiihig which can bo saiely left to the undisciplined impulse of fuiB average ytjung miui it is not to get a hot boi:lnliIa mental machinery. He is much more likely to break his collar bono playing foot ball. There are caEes, no doubt, where children are Injured by overftudy, but I hardly tliink there is a reader of this article who can recall one. I'. Is a theory, and an extremely popular one, but it is not a condition. As u mtitter of fact and statistics there are oa� children killed by foul air Lnd contsiot with iulections diseases in the Bciioolroom to one who is Injured by over-iludy. I was called upon to vote for an appro-r'riati'.>n of 5100,000 of the .State's money for the Instituu- of Tichnoloiry, As in duty bound, I ih\'Jhiv.iiU-d bumtwiiat the work i'.ijd rtt.uUi i.f iliut iiittituliou. The courbc Oi ituiiy at li.e LuiMlute Is severe, and it ouijiitto l)t. It ii u training school, and all I , urtiiuhi-; f.<:}:(''.)h mu.'tt be i-XMring, The Iiiv,.t-:tu \v..;-,ld not be lUe West Point of ."."ew tiigJaiKl unlf'is it had ditcipline and I i.n'.''.i;
                            

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