Carlisle School Annual Reports, 1911


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It is strange that we do not hear this same criti oism of the other class of Government boarding schools, where there is routine of the most pronounced type, large dormitories for large numbers and, above all, very young children, at the most impressionable age. I am in favor of all the various classes of Indian schools which now exist for the education of Indians. They all serve a definite purpose and are re deeming the Indian race. But to do good, and result in reform, any examination into educational methods should be impartial Too often in the past generali zations, or isolated incidents, have been marshalled to back up an erroneous asser tion concerning Indian education, instead of the assertion being made to fit the facts. The old idea that a drunken soldier means a dissipated regiment has long been exploded I maintain fundamentally that at Carlisle, independ ence is fostered; that paternalism is discouraged; that be cause of the life the student lives at Carlisle, it is not only the most natural thing for him to go out into the world and strike out independently, but that the record of those who have gone out substantiates and abundantly justifies the training of the school, which makes for independent thinking and doing, based on Christian living. There are a number of reasons for the independent activity of our students on the outside. First- It has been the policy for more than three years not to accept students under fourteen years of age 43

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