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Page 7 text:
’31 YEAR BOOK Page Five “Lest We Forget”— by our Principal This is a year of testing. Ugh! The very word makes you squirm. The schoolmasters’ eternal cudgel, bolstering up the weakness of his personality, of his presentation or of his per¬ suasiveness. A test is a diabolical device for finding out what one doesn’t know, a mediaeval method of extracting the mental content in a different form and by a different channel from that by which the mind received it. Why pick on this particular year of grace as peculiarly favorable to these pedagogical pests? But there are tests within and tests without; tests imposed by the arbitrary will of the Inquisitor, tests determined by economic strain and stress, tests inherent in the course under¬ taken. The only way to escape tests is to undertake nothing, but just to wait until a lucky wave lands one high and dry on a sunny beach. The form of test we have in mind just now is that presented by the stern law of supply and demand. How dearly are teachers wanted this year? How does public school service measure up with the other necessities of civilized life? Can we expect a high quality of school work to be appreciated, or shall we offer less than No. 1 as more suited to the times and the purses? If ever there was a time when nothing but the very best would suffice, when nothing short of the highest fidelity to the best ideals of service would save the profession from losing ground in the eyes of the public, it is now. Many are saying that a year at Normal and a year or two at school teaching are but com¬ fortable shelters until the industrial sun shine more benignly. Increased numbers arouse suspicion of inferior quality and less intense purpose; we shall get along as best we can until only those who are truly “called” seek to enter the brother,—or per¬ haps more accurately, sister-hood. In the face, then, of this suspicion, we need to measure up and show the school patron that the school is no opportunist institution, but rather an active force in the breach threatened by the pre ssure of hard times. Temporary disappointment, there must be, to some extent; sur¬ vival of the fittest may not be immediately effective; pull and luck may defeat, for the moment, push and pluck; but ultimately the true coin will displace the counterfeit and the inferior. Moreover, the morale tends to be flabby just now, and noth¬ ing but optimistic and ungrudging service will stiffen it up. The natural resources you deal with, Alberta’s children, are worth as much as ever, if not in coin of the realm, at least in the eyes of their parents, and the more we can appeal to all that is worth while within, the more stoutly do we safeguard the future. But if their “idea-systems” become infected now with the virus of dis¬ trust or of indifference, generations to come may feel the effect. Whether or not the future is in your hands, as Convention orators may blandly assure you, the present unspoiled brood of childhood and early youth are yours to impress. Seek then to be positive and forwarding, not negative and inhibiting. We can’t expect spectacular advances, but we can make the best use of what we have, alwavs searching for newer and broader mean¬ ings of the old truths. This, then, is the test. If the teacher shrinks in diffidence before the stern necessities of the time, the school may fail and give way to some more effective discipline; but if the teacher asserts the claims of the pupil ever valid no matter what the price of wheat, the school will stand as the oft-mentioned bulwark of society. And recompense will return to its respectable place. The Ballad of Assignments From innocent pleasures and riotous play We join in the ditty and sing in the lay. Do your assignments as quick as you can, It’s simple, quite simple, and easy to plan; An assignment per day, an assignment per week, A system exceedingly clever, An assignment today, an assignment next week, For ever—and ever—and ever. History, Geography, Grammar and Art, Arithmetic, Writing (oh say, have a heart!) School Management, Literature, Compo’, P.T., Psychology, Music—a regular spree! Poetry, magazines, books by the shelf, Nice easy assignments—be good to yourself. An assignment today and an assignment per week—- Reviving the time-honoured hide-and-go-seek, With surly instructors, who grumble and peek— And think of praising you never; But weary you on through the turbulent day, And in dreams in the night, when you’d rest from the fray, It’s an assignment per week, an assignment per day, For ever—and ever—and ever. AGNES JANZ.
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31 YEAR BOOK Page Seven The Year Book Staff A Game of Miniature Golf Consulting Editor.Miss Christina W. Dyde, M.A. Editor-in-Chief .Marion D. Robb. Assistant Editor .Murray MacLean. Literary .Mary Clifford. Social .Gilbert Hirst. Athletics ..Gerald Snow. Humor .Dwight Powell. Humor ..Clarence Pacy. Art .Ethel Burns. Biographies .Kathleen McDougall. Photographs ...Dorothy Jorgens. CLASS REPRESENTATIVES IA . Reginald Turner. IB ... . Dorothy Jorgens. IC .. Jane Stockton. 11A . James May. I IB . Harry Tobin. IIC . Isobel Horsley. I ID . .Eleanor Walters. HE . Margaret Hardy. I IF .. Doris Mileson. IIG . Ethel Young. Business Business Publicity BUSINESS AND ADVERTISING Advisor .-.....J. M. Scott, M.Sc. Manager .Guy Austin. .Harold Russell. There is a fine indoor golf course Oviatt 8th Avenue West(ern). Here, all you Gibb to play is 25 cents, only five Nichols. It is very comfortable, as there is no Frost nor Snow. And, such a handsome Clarke is in charge. The game is not difficult to play if you use your Brain. All you have to do is hit a golf ball over each Green, and to be Ellert, even if the game is Strang(e) to you. If you miss a shot don’t Begin to Lewis your temper, or be¬ come Luco or you Maynard be able to make a good score, Irwin a prize which Haney one Wood be Gledd(ie) to have. Foughty people may play the game at one time, Nyhof of them being ahead of you. You Mayell at the party in front if they are delaying your game, but if they don’t Budge, keep your Colton. Don’t shake your Duke at them or become (c)Ross. That party’s look of disdain may make you feel Schmaltz, or even feel like (c)Ryan or Howland, but Swallow your Roth. It pays to be courteous. Do not yell, “Hay!” or “Howson will you be through?” at the people ahead. In fact don’t Hagle at all and the game will be all White and it Wilson end. If people miss an easy shot, don’t laugh with sound effects. Remember, not every Remington can shoot a golf ball—it may be due to the Hunter. Any girl may be insulted if Herman is laughed at, and would that be Dillon fair with her? If you are poor at any one green and it is Balfour, take a walk to the next Green. Don’t hit the ball too hard remembering that even a fly will hit a Webb sometimes. Remember, too, the game may not be simple to every Simon. A. GORDON (IA).
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