Potter School - Shield Yearbook (San Francisco, CA)

 - Class of 1917

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THE POTTER SHIELD m 'A I.. 'Q '-1. .u..,. Je l , lx .YJ D. N IS MILITARY training a good thing for schools? This is a question that has been asked and talked over by parents, school principals and all people of authority and understanding in the United States during the past four or five years. At last the people of the United States have come to realize that military training is not only a good thing, but an absolute necessity. Our country has been very slow to see this, or, if it ever was seen, and admitted to be necessary by a few far-sighted people, the horrible need was never brought home to all classes at large until this country entered into the great war against Prussianism, Militarism and Autocracy. Even for a long time after Europe was engaged in the greatest war the world has ever known, the people here have been kept optimistic and indifferent by false reports. These reports have been largely circulated by German influence and pro- German editors, who have poisoned the minds of Americans against the Govern- ment, so as to accomplish their own ends, and prevented them from realizing what the true state of conditions were. Not until our own men were drafted into the army, and the realization that this draft would take millions of the best in our country, not until the Government asked for money, and the realization that this money would amount to billions and billions of dollars, did this country fully awaken to the grim proposition that lay before it. General Pershing's words, "This war cannot be Won by giving money to reliefs, but only by striking hard and fast blows," shows us that Germany is not to be beaten without a tremendous effort on the part of every man, woman and child in the United States. The War Department at Washington is preparing for a five years' war. With the armies of the Central Powers advancing over the Venetian plains, gradually closing in on Russia, and offering a stubborn resistance on the western front, there is no telling what may happen in a period of five years. One thing we can be sure of, and that is, we will have to work hard in order to win. , It will be hopelessly impossible for General Pershing to constantly hammer the lines of the Central Powers if he is to be hampered by a lack of men. He must have at his command an endless supply of trained soldiers, ready at a moment's notice to take the places of those who are killed in battle. It is not at all improbable that, before the war is won, the boys who are now in the upper classes at Potter's will be called- upon to serve the flag, and there is nothing like getting ready in time. In all the schools of any standing throughout the country the students are undergoing a certain amount of military training that will prepare them to be of Five

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