OUR CHILDREN’S EYES.
TO TOE EDITOR
fvfii, —A sull'eier from short sight, 1 soon procured and road the little hook ou ‘ Our Eyes' to which “ Reform ' has drawn attention in your issue of Thursday. Though I picked up some valuable hints relating to eases like my own, such as the imprudence of reading in railway trains, and the danger of stooping over our writing, my personal interest in the work was completely swamped by the overwhelming importance of the subjects treated by Dr Stenhouse in the introduction. It would appear from this that our schools are really nurseries of short sight, and that in a generation or so educated men will almost be universally purblind if steps are not taken to counteract and check the inordinate cramming that is going on. Now that attention has been called to the subject by a specialist of Dr Stenhouse’s undoubted ability and reputation, there will be no excuse for those who carry on the work of education—teachers, school committees, the Education Board—it the subject is not thoroughly sifted, and a remedy resolved on. My impression till now has been that our children have been getting too many holidays ; and that seems to be the general opinion of school committees. Dr Stenhouse thinks otherwise, and has thoroughly converted me to his views, which are: that childhood and youth should he devoted principally to the building up of strong and healthy frames, and that an exact balance of mental and physical requirements should therefore be observed. What have our teachers and Dr Stenhouse’s professional brethren to say on these important matters ?—I am, etc,, Parent. Dunedin, October 25.
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OUR CHILDREN’S EYES., Evening Star, Issue 8049, 28 October 1889