American Playgrounds: Their Construction, Equipment, Maintenance and Utility ...

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American Gymnasia, 1908 - Playgrounds - 270 pages

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Page 211 - Girls need health as much — nay, more than boys. They can only obtain it as boys do, by running, tumbling — by all sorts of innocent vagrancy. At least once a day girls should have their halters taken off, the bars let down, and be turned loose like young colts.
Page 257 - Right dancing can cadence the very soul, give nervous poise and control, bring harmony between basal and finer muscles, and also between feeling and intellect, body and mind. It can serve both as an awakener and a test of intelligence, predispose the heart against vice, and turn the springs of character toward virtue.
Page 222 - League, organized to foster all kinds of clean athletics among country children, to teach them and their teachers outdoor and indoor games, and to bring the schools together at least once a year in a great field day and play picnic.
Page 260 - Recreation is, or ought to be, not a pastime entered upon for the sake of the pleasure which it affords, but an act of duty undertaken for the sake of the subsequent power which it generates, and the subsequent profit which it insures.
Page 256 - ... play traditions for every child, in a playground. Without the development of these social instincts, without the growing of the social conscience — which has its roots in the early activities of the playground — we cannot expect adults to possess those higher feelings which rest upon the earlier social virtues developed during childhood. The sandpile for the small child, the playground for the middle-sized child, the athletic field for the boy, folk dancing and social ceremonial life for...
Page 39 - Neither must any city believe that simply to furnish open spaces will secure the best results. There must be supervision of these playgrounds, otherwise the older and stronger children occupy them to the exclusion of the younger and weaker ones; they are so noisy that people living in the neighborhood are annoyed; they are apt to get into the possession of gangs and become the rendezvous of the most undesirable elements of the population; the exercise and play is less systematic and vigorous when...
Page 36 - The demand for playgrounds has increased and more disposition to establish them has been shown among officials. Ten years ago a public playground could only have been thought of as the gift of some wealthy philanthropist. Now their place in the public expenditure is as well established as is that of parks, and the need for...
Page 104 - It is of the greatest importance that all work be undertaken in the light of the objects sought, as follows: " First, to take children from the streets and alleys and give them a better environment and safer place in which to play.
Page 262 - These group games are, in my opinion, the best school of citizenship that exists. In playing these games the boy is not going through the forms of citizenship — learning parliamentary law, raising points of order and moving the previous question — he is being initiated into its essence, actually and in a very vivid way participating in the thing itself.
Page 256 - The gang of boys that grows up to be the political unit, bent merely upon serving itself, possessing a power which mutual loyalty alone can give, is thereby enabled to exploit others for its own advantage in a way that is most vicious. My point is that these mutual relationships have an ethical effect. This effect may be toward evil and it may be toward good ; but the ethical nature in itself is primarily related to self-control and to freedom.

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