Mr. Samuel Dutton, the Superintendent of the Brookline Public Schools, gave an interesting talk on the "Enrichment of the Course of Study in the Intermediate Schools," yesterday before the Pedagogical Club.
Mr. Dutton began by comparing the kindergarten with the primary school, pointing out how much the former is to be preferred to the latter. The chief reason for this preference is that the kindergarten aims to adapt its instruction to the child's interests and inclinations, while the primary school follows, or used to follow, a course of study not varied at all to suit the child's abilities.
When a boy leaves the kindergarten and passes through the primary and grammar schools, his course of study is much narrowed. In the college course it is again broadened, and the pupil usually becomes really interested in his studies. Now this broad course may be brought down from the college to the intermediate school, or we might say, it may be brought up from the kindergarten. This experiment has been systematically tried in Brookline and works well.
Science, history and art are introduced into the course and every subject is made to have some bearing on every other as far as is possible. The result is that the scholars become well interested in their work, and in a school where five years ago the most experienced teachers failed to keep order, the effect is such that if now all the teachers should be absent the scholars would actually go through the morning alone doing all their duties quietly and well.
Chess Club.J. F. Ryder of the Boston Chess Club played simultaneous games last night with twelve members of the Harvard Chess Club. Of these he won eight, lost three, and one game was a draw. The players with their openings were: T. Spaulding '95, French defence; A. Ingraham '96, king's gambit; A. Elson '95, sicilian; C. H. Dunn '96, Sicilian; L. B. Schoenfeld '95, French defence; G. A. Davis '95, French defence; H. S. Johnson, '96, Evans gambit; A. W. Ryder '97. French defence: S. M. Ballou L. S., Ruy Lopez; J. Hewins '96, Evans gambit; W. W. Stevens '95, French defence: E. E. Southard '97, French defence. The three players who won were Ballou, Ryder and Southard. Schoenfeld's game was a draw.
St. Paul's Society.The St. Paul's Society is doing more vigorous missionary work this year than ever before. The two boys clubs which were started last year, in the North End of Boston, have been kept up, and their influence has been extended. One, under the name of the Lincoln Boys' Brigade, is a drill corps of colored boys ranging in age from 11 to 17 years. Meetings are held every Thursday evening in the Sunday School room of St. Augustine's Church. The other, composed mainly of white boys, from 12 to 18 years of age, meets three times a week and has a membership of from thirty to forty boys. Little impromptu entertainments are given the boys every week by students. The society has also undertaken work among the sailors in Charlestown, in connection with the Sailor's Haven on Water street. They have engaged to provide entertainment for the sailors on several Wednesday evenings during the winter.
Camera Club.At the exhibition by the Camera Club in Boylston 9 last evening, slides were shown from the clubs of Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Syracuse and Buffalo. The slides as a whole gave evidence of artistic and sympathetic treatment, - the work of the eastern clubs being decidedly the best. The exhibition comprised views of many kinds, of which those from nature showed most skill. The portrait work was least successful.