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100 years ago: Kansas schools to teach morals using new technology of ‘movies’

September 15, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 15, 1912:

  • "TEACH MORALS BY MOTION PICTURES -- K.U. Extension Department Adopts Plan -- WILL USE 'MOVIES' THIS YEAR. -- Following Thomas Edison's suggestion that grammar schools and high schools should use the picture machine as a method of instruction, Prof. Richard R. Price of the extension department has arranged for a series of picture lessons in morals for Kansas schools. Milton Fairchild of Baltimore, lecturer of the National Institution for Moral Instruction, has been procured to give a carefully prepared talk on what is right and fine in conduct as an explanation of the photographs while the students are studying them on the screen.... Lectures and pictures for high schoolers are 'The True Sportsman,' 'Conduct Becoming a Gentleman,' 'Personal and National Thrift.' 'Visual lessons in morals,' says Prof. Price, 'present to youth the organized morality which guides the adult world.... The youth of Kansas has a right to this knowledge and the university stands ready to do its share.'"
  • "Several more cases of the dreaded horse plague have been found in this county and another horse died of the disease today. It is believed that the total number of cases in this territory has reached about 25. Of this number at least 7 are known to have died of the disease."
  • "False alarms are generally thought of in connection with a fire department but the local police department really has the ranking position in this connection. The Lawrence police department answers more of these false alarms in a single week than the firemen do in years. If every time a policeman was called out he brought in a prisoner with him it would soon be necessary to increase the capacity of the city bastille several fold. The blue coats hike miles every day to answer calls that never develop into anything."
  • "The rain was continued again today and by 3 o'clock this afternoon three-fourths of an inch of rain had fallen. Added to the 1.48 inches which fell yesterday the total rainfall for the last two days is now 2.23 inches. The rain is doing great good and the farmers are glad to see it. It seems practically certain now that the heat wave is broken for good."

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