From the Chilliwack Progress Archives: Central public school principal paints a bleak picture

In 1925, the principal of a Chilliwack school had strong words for a class of Grade 8 students

Since first publishing on April 16, 1891 the Chilliwack Progress has been the newspaper of record in Chilliwack.

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‘From the Progress Archives’ is a journey into the past, to see what was making news decades ago.

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Headline: Parents urged to cooperate with teachers

Athletic and other attractions proving to be a detriment

Date: February 25, 1925

Reporter:

So serious has the interference of “night life” and the absence of home study become at the Central public school, that Principal Wilson has felt it incumbent upon him to address the following letter to the parents of pupils attending the school, and particularly to the parents this year’s entrance class pupils:

“Will you cooperate with the teaching staff in obtaining better results, especially in the entrance class? Too many attractive avenues are open to the pupils, and the realm of sport finds may adherents. Our plea to you as parents, is that you emphasize the educational phase, not unduly, but at least proportionally. How can you expect teachers to get anything but poor results when pupils come to school day after day, with no lessons done, to sleep after their night’s revelry? We recognize the necessity of play as well as study in education but not where the one is exercised to the detriment of the other.

“For these reasons and others, there be no recommendations of pupils for high school this year. There are pupils now in Grade 8-A who will be given a chance to try in June the departmental examination. Of those in Grade 8-B nearly all are able to pass if they try. These will be given an opportunity at Easter. Failing to make a satisfactory standing then they stay in 8-B and will not be allowed to try the departmental examinations.

“May we depend on you as parents, to see that entrance class pupils accomplish at least one an a half hours wholehearted study each evening? It is absolutely necessary for success in this grade and they are not properly discharging their home lessons otherwise. Remember it rests with you and your child whether he or she gets through the entrance class this year. You may depend on us to do our share. Will you do yours?

“We can only have progress and success where there is cooperation between parents and teachers.”

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