Andrew Lewis High School - Pioneer Yearbook (Salem, VA)

 - Class of 1942

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Mo me Economics and Jndustrial Jrts- Crcativc Jnstinct A Typical Home Economics Class There are many highly intelligent people who are not considered scholars. The study of foreign languages, history, poetry, art, and music makes no appeal to them. In their minds and souls, the creative instinct is very strong. They love to do things with their hands, they enjoy seeing the finished product of their labor. This type of woman enjoys making good bread, baking cakes, decorating homes, designing and finishing becoming costumes, even planning formal dinners and banquets. This type of man enjoys tearing apart and rebuilding anything mechanical. The instinct that was destructive in his babyhood becomes constructive in his manhood. He delights in making airplanes, houses, automobiles, furniture and ships. Our school has two departments—Home Economics and Shop—whose purposes are the culti¬ vation of these creative instincts. The maintenance and improvement of family life through its educational program is one of the major purposes of the Home Economics department. Some problems which girls study in this department are family relations: how children must cooperate with each other and with their parents to make a success of the family. They study family health as affected by food, clothing and daily habits of living. They study child development, touching only lightly, of course, upon child psychology. One study that is very important is the family budget. Estimating the income and studying wise buying contribute a great deal to the family’s happiness. All of the course is well balanced by giving careful study to recreation and use of leisure time. In recent years, our Home Economics department has kept in touch with young women and helped -sy{ 66 }•

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This being true, it seems that every person should desire to master at least one language. In our school, as in all other American schools, four years of English are required for graduation. Though the average graduate falls far short of the goal, each one has here an opportunity for learning gram¬ mar, composition and literature. All of us have a foundation for correct speaking, writing and interpretation. We also have definite and intensive study in appreciation of literature. We enjoy such games as football and baseball if we understand their fine points. The same holds true in the enjoyment of literature. Some of these points are figures of speech, comparison and contrast, allusions, and mood, or tone. The mood or tone is of the most interest for its com¬ prehension underlies the knowledge of human nature. Some literary friends as familiar to us as our classmates and teachers are Ichabod Crane, Rip Van Winkle, Poor Richard and Leatherstocking. Who leaves Andrew Lewis without meeting Hamlet and Macbeth, Rosalind and Orlando, Polonius and Ophelia and the eccentric of eccentrics, Samuel Johnson? We pass in our studies of tone and mood from the absurd tales of Paul Bunyan and Irving Cobb to sublime heights of Thanatopsis, Gray’s Elegy and To a Skylark. We have explored the mysteries of Poe and Conan Doyle. We have passed into remote, ancient and imaginary worlds with Kipling, Stevenson, Bret Harte and Richard Halliburton and Kenneth Roberts. Here are a few of the advantages gained through the study of literature: The develop¬ ment of reading abilities and attitudes, critical abilities, acquaintance with literary history, and the experience of visiting foreign lands and meeting new people through books. Through essays, poems, short stories, novels, lies we can create and live in worlds of our own. —Ronald Rhodes plays and biograpl Miss Wood ' s French 65 )



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them to become established socially and economically, after leaving high school. The Home Eco¬ nomics department strives to keep in touch with older mothers and help them to meet their needs. Industrial Art has found its place in the best high schools of today. Boys of our school are given advantages over their fathers by having the opportunity to use machinery and tools placed at their disposal in the school shop. They are instructed how to use tools correctly and to care for them. Through practice, they learn how to make articles equal in appearance and beauty to those on the markets. They study the sources of raw materials that go into the construction of these articles. They learn the value of skill in the different processes of construction. Through work in our school shop, many boys receive training for profitable occupations. Before leaving high school, they learn to use equipment and tools far too expensive for them to have purchased as individuals and yet they are ready to follow a trade which they love. Today our country is fortunate in having skilled mechanics, nurses and many other persons gifted in doing practical work. Even though our high school graduates are not classified as skilled, they at least have the foundation on which to build. The Home Economics department and the Industrial Arts department are helping our school toward the molding of better citizens. Girls and boys, who have done the work in Andrew Lewis, can better care for themselves when they go out into the community to make an honest living. —Mary Elizabeth Boone

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