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Toledo's Training School

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Last week Messrs. Harriman, Mack, Whedon and Beal, of School Board made a trip to Toledo for the purpose of inspecting lts schools and buildingsThelr visit to the manual training schoo1 was one of especial intorest botli on ac' count of the novelty and practicability of the work done therein by the scholars. It is in connection with the city High School, and its students come from there, as the courses of the one supplement those of the othcr. Tho object of lt is to give practice aud instructton in using tools for carpentry, wood-turning, pattrrn-making, irou chipping and iiling, forga work, brazing and soldering, etc. Tlius the high school and the training school work side by side, each affording an eqtial share in mental and manual exercise. The school day is lengthened one hour and as the number of daily rccitations U decreised, time is gained for lrawingand tooi work. Tlius a better rounded education Is secured and the pupil has a wideropportunity for finding his forte, whereby he mny best succeed in ife. Another Idea niay be stated in their own wordt: "One great object of the school is ti) foster a higher appreciation of the value and dignity of intelligent labor, and the worth and rcspertability of laboring men. A boy who sees nothing in manual labor but mere brute forcé, despises both the labor and the laborer With the acquisition of skill in himself, comes the ability and willingness to recognize skill in his fellows. Wheii once he appreciates skill in handicraft, he regards the workman with pympathy and respect." Girls are admitted on the same condítions as boys and enjoy the drawing, the wood-carving and clay modelling u well as their brothers. The benefit to their health and strength is noticeable. In their fourth year Domestic Science takes a prominent place, wherein ia taught the art of purchasing, preparing ana cooking food, together with botuefaold decoration, care of the sick, etc. During the vislt of our school board one great object of interest was the room where the cooking class of girls was busy in tuuking pies, roasting beef and receiving instructions how t keep plates, spoons and knives clean. They had beeu been raaking some potatoe pies and the way the scholarly visitors sampled those pies testifled louder Mimi words to their good taste. In the basement is the blacksmith shop where the boys are given n three months cotirse with hammers, anvils and tongs wbich make tliem proticient in making many things neatly and skilllully. The}' are not boys who will have to do that for a living after leaving school, but who will dciiy that such works make them slroiiger, clearer-hiailrd, inoro indopen, dent and m.nily f All enter upon the work wHh iitlmsia-m, uiid t li iis the secret seems to be solved of how to makc tlie most UWfoJ and practical ndncdtlon Interesting nnd evon fascinatinr, M that it may be cntered upon witli zoal and earncstnesp. The idea of the Toledo school oriinsted vrltb Jwip W. Soott, brother to our estecmed citizen, J. Aiistin Scott, who in 1.S72 gave a lnrc tract of land adjiirent to the eity for the purpose of promoting cducation in the arts and trades. After liis death liis faniily oarrled out his Wlsbei in iivin;; more land in the city to the University. It has grown rauidly and DOW stands on a sol id bnsis backcd by the city. Froffi its success we preilict that niiiny similar institutions will spring tip


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