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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

C. C. Cotterill, M.A

C. C. Cotterill, M.A.

Mr Cotterill, speaking as a school-master to a company of leading school-masters, said some twenty years ago:—

How equipped, then, for the journey of life does the average boy start as te leaves school ? . . . Let us take the case of a boy who Roes into what is called "business "—starts his life, that is, in an office. . . . His dangers begin when his office hours end—they begin with his leisure; and thus we bring the matter at once to the tese. How has his school training fitted him, to spend his vacant time? . . Has his school training resulted in making him an ardent believer in and practiser daily outdoor physical exercise as a necessity for a wholesome and healthy life. That is, has he not only taken such daily exercise at school, but had he got, whist at school, to regard it as wrong not to take it ? Has the thing become a part of his principles? . . . Has it become to him a necessary daily habit, the neglect of which would make him feel dis-comfort, and something like shame! If this is so, then, indeed, has his school done much for him; it has bestowed upon him a gift the value of which—physically, mentally, and morally—is incalculably great. ... I should be guilty of something like shameful insincerity if I attempted to prove that a vigorous and energetic young man could find a sufficient and safe outlet for his energy and vigor by the exercise of his brains alone.