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school age except to ascertain whether physical defects existed. The weakness of our present plan is shown in the wide prevalence of malnutrition among the school children of New York and other large cities, resulting in a very high rate of tuberculosis in young adult life. The need has attracted
Height and weight to be taken in house clothes, without shocs Wough on the mme day each month For dost wonal copies
the attention of a group of child specialists, and there has been formed a national organization of physicians and laymen, with Dr. L. Emmett Holt as chairman. Its purpose is to standardize the teaching of health in elementary schools. The present scarcity of doctors and nurses throws this task of teaching health largely upon the teachers. Altho normal schools have not usually prepared teachers for this work, its methods are so simple that they will find it practicable.
A pair of scales and a tape line gives us the necessary equipment for ascertaining the child's condition and his rate of growth. The accompanying table has been prepared by Dr. Thomas D. Wood, which makes it possible for each child to know whether he is of the average weight for his height.
The "Class-room Weight Record” stimulates his interest thru competition.
The words used on the weight tag cover the essential points of instruction.
You should gain at least one-half a pound a month.
. Nashville, Tenn.
FIRST SESSION—TUESDAY FORENOON, JULY 2 The opening meeting of the Library Department of the National Education Association was called to order in the lecture hall of the Carnegie Library by President C. C. Certain. Miss Helen Hoopes was appointed secretary pro tem.
Following a short musical program consisting of community and patriotic singing led by Jane Packham Alexander, contralto, Pittsburgh, Pa., the following programs were presented:
Topic: Book Selection “Socializing Values as a Basis of Book Selection”—James F. Hosic, editor of the English Journal, Chicago, Ill.
“The Child and the Book in War Times”—Clara W. Hunt, superintendent, Children's Department, Public Library, Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Selecting Books for High-School Boys”—Edwin L. Miller, principal, Northwestern High School, Detroit, Mich.
Topic: Cooperation with the Junior Red Cross “Practicable Library Cooperation with Junior Red Cross Organizations in Rural Schools”-0. S. Rice, state supervisor of school libraries, Madison, Wis.
"Report of Elementary-School Committee: Library Cooperation with the Junior Red Cross”—Annie S. Cutter, chairman, Children's Department, Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio.
SECOND SESSION, WEDNESDAY FORENOON, JULY 3 Joint program with Department of Secondary Education.
"The High-School Student and the Book”- Robert J. Aley, president, University of Maine, Orono, Me.
"The Relation of the High-School Library to Modern Educational Aims"-J. A. Churchill, state superintendent of Education, Salem, Ore.
“Report of the Committee on High-School Library Standardization”—C. C. Certain, chairman, Cass Technical High School, Detroit, Mich.
Discussion of the Report:
“The Report from the Point of View of the School Administrator”- Jesse H. Newlon, superintendent of schools, Lincoln, Neb.
“The Report from the Point of View of the High-School Principal”— James Rule, principal, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The report of the Library Committee on a motion by Jesse H. Newlon, duly seconded, was adopted by the two departments in joint session as a statement of national standards in high-school library development.
A motion made by Mr. Newlon, duly seconded, was then past to continue the Library Committee for the purpose of making a study of the technique of modern classroom procedure in relation to library use.
A motion was made, recorded, and carried asking for the continuance of the Committee on Red Cross Work.
THIRD SESSION, FRIDAY FORENOON, JULY 5 “War Library Service”-William H. Brett, librarian, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio.
"Library Cooperation with the Junior Red Cross”—Effie L. Power, head of Children's Department, Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Reports of Committees:
Colleges and Universities—Harriet Wood, chairman, Library Association, Portland, Ore.
High Schools: Emphasis upon Library War Service-Mary E. Hall, chairman, Girls' High School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The following officers were elected for the year 1918–19:
President-C. C. Certain, head of the English department, Cass Technical High School, Detroit, Mich.
Vice-President—Delia G. Ovitz, librarian of the State Normal School, Milwaukee, Wis.
Secretary-Annie T. Eaton, librarian, Lincoln School, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
PAPERS AND DISCUSSIONS
THE CHILD AND THE BOOK IN WAR TIMES CLARA W. HUNT, SUPERINTENDENT, CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT, PUBLIC
LIBRARY, BROOKLYN, N.Y. A book read by a fourteen-year-old boy was the spark that exploded the powder magazine which set on fire this world-war. So, in effect, said Garvio Prinzip, murderer of the Austrian royalties.
While the anarchist book read by Prinzip was not the "cause" of the war, books-or the lack of them have had much to do with making the war; and the books we give our children will be enormous factors in hastening or deferring the day when wars shall cease.
The bad influence of the morally vicious book is recognized. Too few people realize the harmfulness of the mediocre reading-habit.
It takes brains as well as hearts and consciences to make strong characters. Many children's minds are being reduced to pulp by debauches of reading weak books.
Our children will not be ready for the grave problems of the future unless we teach them to think clearly, wisely, courageously. The habitual reading of many of the present-day story-books for children will make lazymindedness a fixt habit.
Many people have unselfish hearts but selfish minds. They are kind to suffering next door, callous to suffering across the sea. We must give to