National Geographic : 1919 Jun
SIGHT-SEEING IN SCHOOL Taking Twenty Million Children on a Picture Tour of the World BY JESSIE L. BURRALL CHIEF OF SCHOOL SERVICE OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY NO FACTOR of American life af fects us as a people more vitally than does the public school. It takes care of our boys and girls during more than half of their waking hours for nine or ten months every year. It molds their habits of body and mind for life. How many are there of these boys and girls in our schools today? More than twenty million-enough to fill four mag nificent cities the size of our great New York, or eight the size of our energetic Chicago. The armies of war disband, but these children continue to come on and on, wave after wave, year after year, a mighty army mobilized for service and for life. Let us visualize them as marching some fine morning four abreast across the con tinent from the Golden Gate, and see how long the line will be. Here they advance, across the Sierra Nevada and the Great Basin, between the snow-covered peaks of the Rockies, down across the Great Plains-marching stead ily on-crossing the Mississippi, passing Photograph by M. O . Williams "THIS IS THE WAY WE GO TO SCHOOL" IN CHINA Every hour of the 24 sounds the call of the schools to hosts of girls and boys somewhere on the globe.