The Normal Star (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 20, Ed. 1 Saturday, March 3, 1923 Page: 2 of 4
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THE NORMAL STAR
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Fall Term 1922
Assistant Editor________Alfred J. Ivey
Marietta Collier, Mrs. R. C. Harri-
son, Franklin Herndon, Doris Kellam,
Marie Lusk, J. Burnyce McBride, Ma-
bel Morris, Thomas Newton, H. E.
Raison, Lynda Remy, Emmett Shelton,
Daniel Smith, Fannie Woodson, and
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TEXAS STATE NORMAL
The Normal Colleges of Texas are
rendering valuable service to the
cause of education in the preparation
of teachers for the public free schools.
The State now has six Normal Col-
leges in operation; they are located at
Commerce, Denton, San Marcos, Hunts
ville, Canyon, and Alpine. The seventh
is to open its doors for the reception
of students in the fall of 1923. It is
located at Nacogdoches. Another Nor-
mal College was projected some years
ago to be located at Kingsville, Texas.
The Legislature has not up to .the
present time made any provision for
establishing this institution.
In addition to the State Normal Col-
leges, other State institutions as well
as independent senior and junior col-
leges have undertaken the great prob-
lem of preparing teachers for public
free schools. The Normal Colleges,
however, are the only institutions in
the State dedicated to the sole pur-
pose of training teachers for service in
the public free schools of the country.
. The need for teachers training insti-
tutions is very apparent when even a
casual examination is made of the
teaching force in Texas. It is far from
the purpose of this article to indicate
that no good has been accomplished,
educationally speaking, in Texas here-
tofore. Such is not the case. Much
valuable service has been rendered by
those who have labored in the public
free schools. Many of teh most emin-
ent teachers of the country have served
Texas in the past and are serving Tex-
as at the present time. Still it is true
that approximately -forty per cent of
those engaged in teaching in Texas
hold only second grade Certificates.
This represents a level of preparation
little, if. any, in excess of the seventh
or eighth grade in our public schools.
Statistics-from the State Department
of. Education furthermore indicates
that' hundreds, even thousands, of our
teachers are employed each year with-
out any experience and with little or
no professional preparation. Some four
or five thousand new teachers annually
enter the teaching ranks in Texas,
many of whom have no experience in
the work and many of whom have ab-
solutely no professional preparation.
It is evident, therefore, that the Nor-
mal Colleges of Texas are undertak-
ing to render a service in the field of
education that has long been the weak
spot in our educational system. It is
axiomatically true that Texas can nev-
er have an efficient .system of public
free schools until her teachers are well
trained for the service. Unless we have
an efficient system of public free
schools we need not expect to be able
very long to maintain our free demo-
rcratic institutions. One of the most
important businesses, therefore, of the
State is the preparation of teachers
for the public free schools.
Teacher training, institutions are per-
haps the only types of institution of
learning whose products go directly
into the public service of the State and
Nation. The graduates of medical,
schools, law schools, engineering
schools, and schools of journalism do
highly valuable service professionally,
but these professions are either private
or quasUprivate in so far, ars the re-
muneratipn which may, be expected by
those preparing themselves for* this
work. Persons educated in teacher
training institutions enter the teaching
profession, however, without the hope
of financial reward'because it is a well
known fact that the remuneration in
the school positions of the State and
Nation is such that no man or woman
may reasonably expect any profit from
his or her services. The work of the
teacher is not altogether altruistic,-
neither is it a proposition of charity,
but it L in the highest sense of the
term a preparation for public service.
No one cap escape, therefore, the con
culsion that the work of preparing
teachers is one of the noblest, as well
as, one of the most important pieces of
w~ork in which a State or Nation may
expend its funds.
There was possibly a time in the his-
tory of the State and Nation when peo-
ple thought that just anybody could
teach school. Happily such is not now
the case. The training required of
teachers is . as technical as is the
training required of lawyers, physi-
cians and ministers.
Teacher training institutions, there-
fore, are entitled to, the very best com
sideration which the public is capable
of rendering. They should be adequate
ly supported and properly maintained
in order that the efficiency attained by
our public free schools may be sutch
as to warrant proper training for on-
coming generations.—The East Texan.
Full line of colored linens, suitings, tissue ginghams, zephyr ginghams, voiles
I. H. Harrison
Y. W. C. A. NOTES
The calendar was kind this month,
wasn’t it? The two holidays, you
know. You see we Y. W.’s had plann-
ed a hike to Thompson’s Island last
week on February 22. Of course we
didn’t get to indulge on account of the
rain. Well, here comes along March
2—and surely we must celebrate Texas
Independence Day—by all means! A
bunch of us met at the early hour of
six and went out to Thompson’s and
cooked breakfast. We are truly sorry
that you weren’t along, for there was
food and fun enough for all.
* * * *
It is great fun to be a Y. W. C. A.
member, don’t you think? The Ad-
visory Board ladies are entertaining us
Saturday, March 3, with a tea at the
home of Mrs. W. C. Vernon on Guada-
lupe street. We received the dearest
invitations this week, and are going to
respond in person Saturday afternoon
sometime between 3 and 6 o’clock.
* * * *
Health Week was a success. We had
a talk , from Miss Anna Hiss, head of
the Physical Training department at'
the University of Texas, on Tuesday,
which was Recreation Day. Dr. L. L.
Lee, a local physician, spoke" to the
girls Wednesday—and besides, we all
tried to be extremely healthy all the
week. Posters about health rules were
up each day, and seemed to attract at-
tention. We did “lab.” work in the
subject Friday, and took a hike. We
believe \in fresh air and plenty of ex-
* * * *
Last Sunday evening at six o’clock
the young people’s unions of the differ-
ent churches met in a union session at
the Methodist church. Each church or-
ganization contributed something to
make the program a success.
The scripture reading and prayer
were followed by a vocal solo by Mr.
William Doyle. Dr. Penick, who is
the professor of Greek and Latin at
the University of Texas, gave a splen-
did talk on “The Preeminent Christ.”
There was a good crowd present, and
we are sure that those present carried
away with them something worth-while
that they had gotten from the lecture.
The program was gotten uip by the
Y. W. an.d we thank the church or-
ganizations for their cooperation in
making the meeting a success. We
hope to have other meetings of this
kind in the near, future.
* * * *
Y.W.-Y.M. Meeting Wednesday.
Music will be in the air next Wed-
nesday morning at chapel period. Listen
for it. The Y. W. C. A. and the Y.
M. C. A. are joining in putting on a
“sing” program. The plan is to sing
and sing, and to be entertained by some
special numbers also. There seems to
be a mystery about the details of this
meeting, and the program chairmen of
both Associations are very excited
Every Y. W. C. A. and Y. M. C. A.
member is invited to this special pro-
gram, and others are asked as well.
* * *
Dr. Lee Addresses Y. W.
“Life is a continual fight between
man and bug”, Dr. L. L Lee, a local
physician said when he addressed the
Y W. C. A. meeting last Wednesday
morning. “We must know how to
fight the bug”, Dr. Lee continued, “we
need knowledge to back up our resis-
An appeal for the teaching of ana-
tomy, physiology,an d bacteriology in
our high schools was made by the
speaker. “People are too ignorant to
cooperate with the progressive doc-
tor. Why, people don’t even have the
knowledge requisite for determining
between a doctor and a quack,” Dr. Lee
said. In concluding his talk, Dr. Lee
said that the doctors are not able to
teach much about fundamentals of di-
sease prevention, and that they are not
good politicians. Therefore, he plead-
ed the necessity of teaihing anatomy,
physiology, and bacteriology, and even
chemistry, in our Texas high schools.
Dr. Lee’s talk was included in the
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FAY HARRIS, B. S.
Miss Fay Harris, or perhaps
said “Cousin” you would know
whom we mean, entered the Normal
in 1920, and has been one of Us ever
since. Fay came from Hamlin High
School, and brought all of her pep with
There’s really no phase of student
activities that Fay has not helped shove
along successfully. She has been one
of the most loyal members of R. F. D.
C.—she is secretary of this organiza-
tion at present. Besides serving as
president of the Shakespeare Literary
Society, “Cousin” has given her en-
thusiastic assistance to. the J. O. C.,
Spanish Club, and Y. W. C. A.
Fay’s greatest achievement, as you all
know, will be the 1923 Pedagog. Fay
is a regular editor—her black bobbed
hair and her nose glasses testify to this
fact. Really, you would take Fay for
an editor every time—even though you
didn’t happen to see her crouched over
a drawing, or perched high on her of-
ficial’s chair in the Pedagog office.
This versatile young genius does
not stop at editing though. Fay is an
orator. To be sure, you have heard
her make annauncements in chapel for
the last term. Of course those an-
nouncements were usually on the same,
subject. A good salesman, isn’t she?
And in spite of all this, yea, even more,
Fay is a good student. She “puts it
across” with the profs, and comes out
with a glowing record.
What we consider one of “Cousin’s”
outstanding talents is. her ability to
make friends. Not only does she make
them, but through her sincerity, she
As Fay goes out from our Alma Ma- i
ter, we will feel that what is our im- j Vs
mense loss is the world’s gain. Our
hope is, Fay, that you will meet with
marked success in your work—whether
it be editing, orating, teaching, or
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San Marcos, Texas
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SUMMERS PUTS OUT
Wylie Summers, who is teaching at
Joaquin, has the honor of coaching the
East Texas Championship Basketball
team. He will bring his team to Aus-
tin to play for the state championship.
Wylie is an old S. W. T. N. student
having received his athletic training
with the Bobcats. Wylie was also con-
nected with the Star while he was here.
Good for you, Wylie. We’d like to
see you get ’er.
The president of the Shakespeare So-
ciety called a meeting on Tuesday, Feb.
27. A few matters of business were dis-
cussed and the remainder of the time
was spent in discussing diversions for
a good time.
If you were there don’t forget the
plans for Wednesday, March 7th. If
you were not there, ask about it until
you find out.
JUDGE A. B. WATKINS
OF BOARD OF REGENTS
DIES AT ATHENS, TEXAS
(Continued from page One)
Modest to a fault courteous, kind, he
was one of the most popular citizens
of the town.
He was a Mason of high standing,
having taken all the degrees in both
the York Rite and the Scottish Rite
orders, and was Past Grand Worship-
ful Master of Texas.
He had on several occasions with-
stood the appeals of his many friends
to offer for political office, for his
preference was the quiet home life
that he lived, saying on several occa-
sions that while his personal ambition
might seek gratification were he self-
ish, he preferred rather to make his
wife and family -happy than to obtain
any office in the gift of the people.
He was married in 1884 to Miss
Laura Murchison of Athens, who was
a member of one of the best and most
favorably known families. of East
Texas. Both the Murchison and Wat-
kins families have long been known,
as ranking among the most influential
cultured and prosperous families of
The funeral of Judge Watkins was
attended by a host of friends from dif-
ferent sections. Mike Thomas,- the
present Grand Worshipful Master _ of
Masons, officiated in the ceremonies,
the Commandery of Knights Templars
of Corsicana, of which Judge Watkins
was a member, attended in a body,
and a throng of his former friends
and admirers formed a -long proces-
sion from his home to the cemetery
at Athens where he was interred.
Athens feels it has suffered an ir-
reparable loss, for there is no enter-
prise in the town that does not feel
that in his death it has lost an able
Judge Watkins was always' a firm
believer and an exemplar of the doc-
trines of Christianity, and for many
years was a conscientious and active
member of the Presbyterian church
of his town.
A. B. Rogers Furniture Company
Furniture and Undertaking
THE REXALL STORE
WHITMAN’S, JACOB’S AND HUYLERS CHCOLATES
Williams Drug Company
The Place Where Most People Trade
Health Week program which was con-
ducted Feb. 26-March 3 by the Y.W.C.A.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Agnew & Co.
A. M. Gomez
HAND Y SHOE SHOP • t
Shoes fixed while you wait. All
kinds shoe work. Next to Rogers’.
Public Accounting and
San Marcos, Texas
Normal Hill Luncheonet
Quick Lunches, Candies
and Fruits Phone 599
Dr. S. D. Mcdaughy
Over Williams Drug Store
“A Better Store For Men”
CLEANING AND PRESSING CALLED FOR AND
Telephone Number 42
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