Image from page 17 of "Social center features in new elementary school architecture and the plans of sixteen socialized schools" (1912)
Authors: Perry, Clarence Arthur, 1872-1944
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rious facilities, which have been mentioned above,are provided at a cost of only $100 per pupil. The cheapnesshere is due to the fact that the instruction is organized in such away that there are two pupils for every classroom desk. Thewraps and school supplies are kept in individual steel lockers towhich the pupils have access between classes. One-half of thepupils are accommodated in the shops, playrooms or rooms de- voted to the special branches, while the other half are in the class-rooms receiving instruction in the three Rs. By this plan thecapacity of the school is doubled and the low per capita cost ob-tained. But whatever the cost of the social facilities, if they are madeto yield a larger service to the people—more protection for theirchildren and more enjoyment for themselves—the increasedfinancial burden is not going to rest so heavily as it did in the daysfast departing, when the schoolhouse was used only by the chil-dren and for only one-third of the utilizable time.
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Ready for Calisthenics or Folk Dancing. Future DevelopmentsThere are no fixed desks or seats in the Washington IrvingHigh School in New York City. All its classrooms are furnishedwith movable, flat-top desks and chairs. In Rochester there areseveral elementary classrooms, which are provided with a newmovable seat. The desk is attached directly to the chair, which,having rubber tips on its front legs and metal slides on the rearones, can be easily moved when desired and at the same time isnot noisy when accidentally pushed. The pupil keeps his books 15 and supplies in a compartment underneath the seat. Withmovable seats, the division of the class into groups, or the ar-rangement of the pupils in a circle is an easy matter and makespossible a greater flexibility and vitality in the regular day-schoolwork. This advantage, together with the enormously increasedutility a class-room thus equipped has from a social-center stand-point, would seem to point to a near day when all public schools
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