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Page 21 text:
sk ENTERING CHURCH
All cadets are required to
attend Sunday morning
church services. Spe-
for Catholic boys
Informal conferences between
administrative officers and
students are scheduled
during the morning
and afternoon free-
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CHAPEL In Tennessee Military Institute chapel is held two mornings each
EXERUSES week, Mondays and Thursdays. On each Monday Rev. McCul1ey,
our school Chaplain, conducts the exercises. On Thursday several
members of the faculty take turns in conducting the exercises.
Each morning the exercises start with the singing of one or more songs.
Good singing is a tradition in T. M. I. We think that these two chapel assem-
blies, coupled with Sunday School and church attendance on Sunday, is
adequate to meet the needs of the boys.
CHURCH Attendance at Sunday morning church services is required of
ATTENDANCE all cadets. Sweetwater is fortunate in its church situation. It is
a churchgoing town and the congregations are larger than will
be found in most towns of similar size. Sweetwater has been as school town
for almost ninety years and pastors and people show a very desirable interest
in the church life of our cadets. -
We do not have a Catholic Church in Sweetwater. To provide -for Catholic
cadets, we arrange to send them by automobile to Catholic Mass conducted by
the priest living in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee. This plan has been satisfac-
tory to all Catholic boys and their parents in recent years.
A THREEFOLD GROWTH STIMULATED
Nine mature-...men out of every ten realize that they are now what they
had begun in a very definite way to be when they were nineteen years of age.
There is a very small minority into whose lives some great change has come
at a later period by which the present character is distinctly separated from
that of the boy, but this is the exception and not the rule.
Believing that a boy in his teens is getting the physical growth which
determines his later physical fitness for whatever demands may be made on
him, that he is getting the mental training which will later determine his
preparedness or unpreparedness for his lifework, that he is getting the moral
and spiritual development which will determine what his character will be,
we undertake in a positive and definite way to stimulate development along
these three fundamental lines throughout a boy's attendance in T. M. I.
PHYSICAL Each cadet is required to undergo a physical examination to
GROWTH determine his physical qualifications prior to his enrollment.
STIMULATED Where no marked variation is found from the normal for boys
of his age, the regular-drills and calisthenics under our military
instructors, coupled with the various lines of athletics, are considered sufficient.
Regular hours and systematic exercises and the military requirement of erect
carriage will guarantee the proper growth where the boy is already normal.
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SUPERIOR Since it is the work of every school to try to cultivate mental
INTEI-I-EC'I'UAI- development, no single school may claim patent rights on all
TRAINING the excellencies of method. This we do not do. It is a fact,
however, that there is a wide difference between the results
sought and the methods used in ,the schools of the country. Tennessee Mili-
tary Institute excels most of the schools of its type in its insistence on high
academic standards and its provisions by which cadets are enabled to measure
up to these higher requirements. The first, and perhaps the most important,
of these provisions for the pupils' benefit is the high degree of efficiency and
capablity of the teaching staff. Every teacher in the Faculty has been thoroughly
trained for the particular line of work which he is teaching in T. M. I. This
means much in arousing the boy to his best efforts. A second provision in the
interest of better academic work is the regular study period. There is a definite
preparation period which the cadet must observe preceding the recitation periods.
Then there are our special privilege lists under which certain coveted privileges
are open only to those attaining the requisite class standing. Almost any boy
will put in his best efforts to place his name on the Privilege List, a copy of
which is mailed to all patrons monthly. In addition to these provisions and in-
centives for higher scholarship standing, there are the firm, but considerate, re-
quirements of each teacher and extra-hour special sessions to help up and spur
on those who are behind the class average or are careless in their preparations.
We believe, therefore, that Tennessee Military Institute can justly claim su-
perior results in stimulating mental growth.
CHARACTER But more important than physical growth and more significant
BUILDING than intellectual training is the character of the boy-that which
will later be the character of the man. Athletic proportions of
body and superior attainments intellectually do not, by themselves, procure
respect and confidence. From this it follows that character building is the
first and highest work of the school. Noble impulses are present in every boy's
soul. Inspiring the higher motives and inculcating correct conceptions on the
fundamentals of truth and honesty go far toward character building. We strive
earnestly and continuously to get our boys to recognize their own better selves
and fix permanently in their lives the foundations of sound and clean manhood.
The key word to our method of dealing with boys is fmnleness. We are
open and straightforward in our treatment of the boy, and in nine cases out
of ten we are able to secure a like attitude on his part. What we have to say
to our boys in a body or as individuals is expressed in simple, direct language.
We use no bluff or bluster. The average boy despises sham and hypocrisy,
and is quick to detect any symptoms of such in officer or teacher. Honesty and
truth are part of the atmosphere and spirit of the institution, and the new boy
soon catches this spirit. We believe, therefore, that T. M. I. is contributing in
a very genuine and positive way to the building of trustworthy and honorable
characters in the pupils enrolled with us.
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