Carlisle School Annual Reports, 1912


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24 of right living and earning a livelihood The Carlisle Indian School lays special stress on instrum tion in agriculture, because most of the students own farm land and have an allotment of from for ty acres of land among the Pima Indians to as high as seven hundred acres of land among the Osage Indians The instruction in agriculture is of a most practical character. Thorough instruction is given in the classrooms in nature study and in the elements of agriculture. The studies are supplemented and amplified on the school farms, which are conducted as nearly as possible in the same way as a thrifty business man would conduct a farm for profit It has been found by experience that instruction in farm ing is made more thorough when the student is impressed with the value of time, and the conservation of labor and the economy of materials; hence, the two large farms in connection with the a school have small classes of boys assigned to work on them, who handle their work in the same way that a thrifty farmer would Instead of having fifty or a hundred boys working in a dilettante fashion on the farm, wasting their time and their efforts and gaining a dillet ante conception of labor, six or eight young men are assigned at a time and are given the most practical and com. prehensive training. We feel that unless a school farm of this kind is farmed intensively and pays, and the boy gains a personal knowledge of the meaning of work and of farm life, that actual harm can be done when some of the discouragements of real life are met

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