FAITH IN THE PLODDERS.
MR. PARR'S ADVICE TO BOYS.
"And now what shall I say to you boys n-ho } have not won prizes ? Well, I am not going to be cross with you, for I won very few myself when I was at the Grammar School." Thus the Hon. C. J. Parr, Minister for Education, prefaced his remarks to the boys whose names did not appear in the prize list at the first annual prize-giving of the Mount Albert Grammar School.
After alluding to his failure ir. mathematical subjects as a boy, Mr. Parr said that his experience in life, his observation, went to show one thing very clearly, and that was that the boy who had brains plus force of character would never be stopped in his progress; he could go as far as ho liked in life. If he had to choose, ho would rather have the reliable, steady, hard-working, plodding boy than the boy who possessed mere brilliancy of intellect without application or force of character. "Believ© me,'V continued Mr. Parr, "the boy who can be depended upon to tell the truth when the truth has to be stated in somewhat awkward circumstances, the boy who sticks to his mate when he is in a tight corner, the boy who is not ashamed to do the right thing, the boy who can be relied upon as a straight, square fellow —that is the boy who is going to win out in life." If nature had not given all boys brilliant /brains, he concluded, they had perhaps been given the more solid qualities, that would tell just as much, if not more, in life's struggle.
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