CONSIDER INSTRUCTION IN FIRE PREVENTION

CONSIDER INSTRUCTION IN FIRE PREVENTION

At a conference between the school and the fire prevention committee of the Chicago Safety Council and Assistant Superintendent Hogge of the Chicago public schools and a committee of district superintendents appointed by Superintendent Mortenson, the request of the Safety Council that safety instruction be made a part of school work was discussed at some length. It was made plain that there was no intention of asking that an additional course be added to the already overcrowded curriculm. The suggestion was offered that the safety idea be inculcated in the minds of the school children by being made a part of the arithmetic, reading, civics and other studies.

The officials and representatives of the schools present at the conference expressed their interest in the plan, but intimated that if it was left to the teachers to introduce exercises and problems on these subjects in their work they would be likely to overlook the matter before very long.

The suggestion was made that if the ideas in question were incorporated in the text books the teachers could not overlook them. With this in mind, the Safety Council and the Chicago Association of Commerce will take the matter up with the publishers of school books and ask them to weave these ideas into their arithmetic problems and into their courses of reaiding and other studies. The proposition has been discussed with a number o* leading text book publishers and they responded gratifyingly to the suggestion.

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