Thursday Morning, February 9th, 1905

William Anson
1905 Journal of the Royal Sanitary Institute  
MAY I first of all express the pleasure and the interest which I feel 1 in being present here to-day : and not merely the personal interest and pleasure which I shall derive from listening to the discussion which is about to take place, but because I am able by my presence here to show the importance which the Board of Education attaches to this subject of school hygiene-a matter which has been very much before us in the course of the past year, and to which I know Lord Londonderry attaches
more » ... nderry attaches very great value as a branch of our work. Tlie question of school hygiene has many aspects, one of which was brought very prominently before the Board by a deputation of very distinguished gentlemen of the medical profession in the course of last summer. It concerns not merely the buildings and the apparatus of a school, but the effect of the studies on the health and life of the scholars. It affects the actual physical condition in which they come to the school, and it raises questions as to how far the laws of health, in one form and another, can be profitably taught in Ollr schools. This is a matter which has been pressed upon us very much in the course of the last few months. In this as in other matters, educational and general, we cannot always do all at once what we should like to see done. As regards the teaching of hygiene, we have to consider what, in the present state of instruction on the subject, teachers can be expected to teach, and what children can be expected to learn. And one has to bear in mind that in instructing children on these subjects, the ideas and language alike must be of the simplest possible description, in order that the teaching may be thorough, and may not be
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