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Feb. 1, 1919
PLAN OUTLINED TO MAKE UP LOST TIME IN SCHOOLS
County Superintendent Ager has addressed the following letter to teachers:
“Requests are often made for suggestion regarding suitable methods to use in order to “make up” work which has been lost in our schools because of the epidemic. In response to these requests I wish to submit the following, and shall from time to time prepare outlines or suggestions on particular subjects, which I think may be of some assistance especially to classes that must necessarily complete in a satisfactory way a definite line of work entitling them to admission into the high school or other advanced class.
“Please permit me to call to your attention again what I stated in a circular to teachers under date of Nov. 1918, that, trying to “make up” work by teaching on Saturdays is not usually advisable, nor can we expect to accomplish much by lengthening the school days which are now long enough for the average child. We should not expect to do the nine months work in five or six months. If we should be able to do nine months work this year in five, six or seven months, why have we not been doing so in past years? We can with profit devote more time than usual to selecting and teaching in a systematic way the essentials in each and every subject, and in some cases actually “make up” a certain amount of work; but, if we are permitted to hold but six months school this year, we should do that six months work well. We must not over work the children nor should we permit them to hurry over important work in a haphazard way. In most cases it will not be possible nor will it be advisable to extend the term into the summer months, unless the children of the school are young and a regular summer school is planned for them.
“In justice to the children and to prevent further complication of school work, I believe all pupils in the 6th grade who have been in school all the time except during forced vacations and who have done all the school work, especially in physiology, that could reasonable be expected of them, should be permitted to take the state examination in physiology. The same may be said of the 7th grade geography class, and all 8th grade students who should have been promoted to the high school at the close of this year under normal conditions. In any case, however, where students are promoted but have been compelled to omit certain important work, which, because of its nature, is indispensable to the child in order that he may make further progress, directions to that effect should be left in the registers, on annual reports, etc., so that succeeding teachers may know exact conditions and will see that the work is properly presented at some future time.
Very sincerely yours, G. W. AGER, County School Superintendent.
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