"Remember that at home no one ever asks a boy to go out and plow in the pasture just to learn how to plow, for there never is any useless plowing. When he plows for his first furrow, it counts with his father’s work.
"The beginner never feeds the stock at odd times just to learn how to feed them. His care is always called for when it is needed. Every bit of work which the farmer’s boy does is real and essential. If he can be led to see the realness of his work in school, the rest is easy. So it is with the girls. No one asks them to sweep or make beds or set tables or take care of the baby just for practice or to learn how. The things they do are always helpful and useful.
"The vital push of necessity is back of it all. In school, this can be brought about by increasing the number of things which seem to be a part of the necessary and real program of life."
Archibald Bennett, 1922
Public School Methods
School Methods Publishing Co.
Jim Lerman's insight:
I came across this piece while browsing through an antique book I picked up in a thrift shop some years ago. It amazes me that it was published 92 years ago and still resonates so accurately today. The title, "Educational Misfits", is somehow curiously odd and on point to me. We can, perhaps, understand the sexism as being embedded in the culture of the time.
I really enjoy collecting old books about American education and have a nice little shelf full.