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100 years ago: School superintendent recommends kindergarten for district

June 7, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 7, 1911:

  • “The establishment of kindergarten in all ward schools [was] recommended by Supt. Smith to the school board this week. His report says in part: ‘The kindergarten or low primary work has been interesting to me for some time.... I believe that the place for the average six-year-old child is at home with his mother, but we have many mothers in this town who are not able to discharge these home duties aright for the reason that they are either not qualified and prepared or that they are compelled to help support the family by labor, either over the wash tub or at the sewing machine or perchance they may be compelled to leave their homes and go out to work. If these homes could be relieved of this burden, for burden it is, I think the mothers would be happier and the little folks better cared for.’”
  • “At the thirty-ninth annual commencement exercises of the University of Kansas in Robinson Gym this morning 397 graduates passed out into the great world as alumni of K.U. The commencement address by Dr. Albion Woodbury Small, professor of sociology in the University of Chicago, was far above the standard. He made a remarkably forceful talk on ‘Modernism’ asserting that there was more religion and a greater demand for broad religious teachings in the world at the present time than ever before. Chancellor Strong distributed the diplomas. The drenching rain, which has come to be regarded as an annual feature of commencement at K.U., did not deter enthusiastic attendance from the alumni.”
  • “The local Odd Fellows lodge is planning to entertain I.O.O.F. members at a banquet in Lawrence next Tuesday. Practically the entire membership of the Billtown lodge will come to Lawrence for the event.”
  • “Nearly an inch and a half of rain fell in the immediate vicinity of Lawrence this morning. At 8 o’clock the gauge at the university measured 1.34 inches of rainfall. It continued to rain intermittently until nearly 11 o’clock.”

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