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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

Weighing and Measuring

Weighing and Measuring.

Such vital questions should not be left to mere conjecture, especially in a school where the head-master virtually countenances and upholds over-pressure for examination purposes. The rector could easily arrive at a sufficiently accurate estimate of the degree of impairment of growth induced by stress in his own school by having his pupils weighed and measured at the beginning and end of each session, in accordance with the recommendations made in England by Sir James Crichton Browne a quarter of a century ago, and since so strongly insisted on by Dr Francis Warner and the medical profession in general. By this simple means a teacher gets warning ahead of almost every case where the health of the pupil is beginning to succumb to over-pressure. Dr Clement Dukes, physician to Rugby School, said some twenty years ago, when insisting on the necessity for keeping records of the physical condition of the boys: "Failure in either height or weight is the surest sign that the boy is not thriving, or that illness, is about to occur."