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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

A Progressive City

A Progressive City.

At the High School there, in connection with the gymnastic exercises prescribed for all forms, a series of measurements is taken during the first ten days of each session, and a permanent record of each boy's development kept. The measurements and tests are those prescribed by the Anthropological Society. They relate to—
(1)Height
(2)Weight
(3)Span of arms
(4)Lung capacity
(5)Strength of hand and arm
(6)Eyesight.

Some of our high schools are extremely defective as regards supply of light and air have no proper provision for heating, nor suitable furnishings (desks, forms, etc.). and I was informed at the close of the lecture above referred to that an undue number of cases of tuberculosis had occurred among the pupils. Assuming this to be true, and taking into account the tendency of our schools to overstrain the memory and make little provision for daily open-air games, and exercise, we have surely grounds for demanding that the utmost vigilance shall be exercised in regard to supervision of health and physique. A confident, and serene optimism cannot be accepted in place of painstaking and accurate observation.