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Page 20 of Mountain Life & Work vol. 08 no. 3 October, 1932

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Page 20 MOUNTAIN LIFE AND WORK October, 1932 the highest standard norm established for the test is 45.5. The average score of Asheville Farm School students on this test is therefore 0.5 above the the highest standard norm. It is to be believed, however, that these tests have not evaluated the real educational accomplishment but rather the by-products that have accrued from a more fundamental development of personality, which is the primary interest of the school. NETS AID IN 0H0 UNTAIN ffIORK ALVIN "There is nothing in all the world so important as children, nothing so interesting," once remarked David Starr Jordan. "If ever you wish to go in for philanthropy, if ever you wish to be of real use in the world, do something for children." Here is an idea which has been overlooked by many theorists, by many sincere workers for the betterment of society. Man in the past and present, when building a great bridge or dam or railroad, when founding a hospital or university or laying out a hopefully "model" city, has usually done so with an eye largely on the future, and has planned, as well as his finite judgment could plan, for the changes, the expansion, the new conditions ex pected to appear with the passing years. But far less attention is given to the building of peoples and races; that is a more selfish, an individualistic, matter. We bring children into the world willy-nilly and rear them on a system based on love, something inadequately tempered with judgment; or, if love is wanting, the child becomes a sort of flotsam, to' be saved or lost as chance decrees. It does not occur to us that the health and proper rearing of other children in the community, in other communities, and even in other countries, may be almost as important to us as the welfare of our own. Probably Miss Eglantine Jebb of London had never heard those remarks on children by the big, jovial Stanford University president, but she had the same spirit in her heart, the same con F. HARLOW ception of the importance of children, as had Dr. Jordon. Born of a wealthy family, sister-in-law of a nobleman, Miss Jebb had the means and the temptation to live a soft and sheltered life, but chose rather to spend all her time in the poorer quarters of London, laboring for the welfare of those whose opportunities had been small. When the great war ended in 1918, the torn and devastated countries of Central Europe were strewn with unfortunate children-many of them orphans, many on the verge of dying from hunger, many homeless, diseased, wounded, or suffering from malnutrition. It may have occurred to Miss Jebb that if in years past there had been more international cooperation for the good of children, there might not have been a war, or a least not so dreadful an aftermath. It did not occur to her to withold her hand because most of the suffering children were of countries which had just been fighting her own. She organized in London the first Save the Children Fund for the relief of those innocent war victims in Central Europe, and sought money for its support in debt-burdened England. That first unit is still functioning in London. But a few months after its inception the decision was made that, for immediate service in the war-swept countries, an international organization with Red Cross affiliation would be more efficient. Therefore the Save the Children Fund, late in 1919, combined with a Swiss welfare organization and

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