Mental tests Made by Miss Shaw at the Central Street School Is favored by Teachers and Parents
Club Elects Officers
Thursday the Neighborhood club of the Central Street school held its first meeting of the year in the Assembly hall. A large number of the members were present and the assembly room was beautifully decorated with brightly colored leaves and flowers.
The meeting was opened by the president, Mrs. Edwin F. walker, who called attention to the beautiful new painting on the front wall of the room, presented by the girls' gymnastic classes. Reports were read and all business for the past year finished.
An especially interesting report was that of Miss Alma H. Hoyt, secretary of the club, stating that during the past year the club had purchased a Victrola for the school's use, and established gymnastic classes for young ladies and women under the direction of Mrs. Charles M. Cartwright and Mrs. Harry W. Whitehead.
Elected Officers. The annual election of officers took place and the following persons were elected for the coming year: President - Mr. Geo. S. Valentine. Vice-President - Mrs. H. W. Whitehead. Secretary - Miss Zeta L. Massey. Treasurer - Mrs. J. H. R. Jamar.
The executive committee consists of the above named officers and Miss Mary Sabin, Wm. M. Green, E. H. Pattee and Edward L. Neilson.
Miss Elizabeth Shaw told of the mental laboratory work she is conducting for the benefit of Evanston school children. Miss Shaw is a worker in the district and gives particular attention to the needs of individual children. This work was begun as an experiment last Easter in the Foster street school. From that time until the close of school in June she examined about thirty-nine children.
The board of education has asked her to spend one-half of her time with brilliant children as well as those of other types. In examining a child, Miss Shaw first tells a story with twenty-five details in it, then asks the child to repeat the story to her, and marking him on a percentage basis according to the number of details remembered. She then shows him a picture with twenty-five details in it and asks the child to point them out.
Miss Shaw was born in China and claims that a Chinese child is made to memorize long passages at a very early age, but that the Chinese power of memory works against the power of reasoning. Other tests used are those of mental content, and how ideas are connected. There are many books which deal with this subject of child study which are to be found at the public library, two of which are, "Pedagogues and Parents" and "All Children of All the People," the author of the latter being Mr. William Hawley Smith.