The Hawaiian Archipelago - Six Months Among The Palm Groves, Coral Reefs, And Volcanoes Of The Sandwich Islands By Isabella L. Bird


The Educational System has been carefully modelled, and is carried
out with tolerable efficiency.  Eighty-seven per cent. of the - Page 440
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The Educational System Has Been Carefully Modelled, And Is Carried Out With Tolerable Efficiency.

Eighty-seven per cent.

Of the whole school population are actually at school, and the inspector of schools states that a person who cannot read and write is rarely met with. Each common school is graded into two, three, or four classes, according to the intelligence and proficiency of the pupils, and the curriculum of study is as follows: -

CLASS I. - Reading, mental and written arithmetic, geography, penmanship, and composition.

CLASS II. - Reading, mental arithmetic, geography, penmanship.

CLASS III. - Reading, first principles of arithmetic, penmanship.

CLASS IV. - Primer, use of slate and pencil.

The youngest children are not classified until they can put letters together in syllables.

Vocal music is taught wherever competent teachers are found.

The total sum expended on education, including the grants to "family" and other schools, is about $40,000 a year. {453}

It has been remarked that the rising race of Hawaiians has an increased contempt for industry in the form of manual labour, and it is proposed by the Board of Education that such labour shall be made a part of common school education, so that on both girls and boys a desire to provide for their own wants in an honest way shall be officially inculcated. There is a Government Reformatory School, and industrial and family schools for both girls and boys are scattered over the islands. The supply of literature in the vernacular is meagre, and few of the natives have any intelligent comprehension of English.

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