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Character Education

CHARACTER is the ultimate aim in all education. It is one of the fundamental aims to be achieved which our high school has established.

At Pennsylvania Avenue High School we want, to be sure, to turn out trained minds and to develop brains filled with information. We want this mental training to be so flexible that it can be adapted to the demands which life will make upon it. We want this knowledge so ordered that it can be brought out for useful application when it is needed in life. But we want also to develop men and women of such moral fiber that they can safely be trusted with the power that mental training will give them. However, training minds is almost as dangerous an act as scattering fire arms—in the hands of the morally strong nothing but good can come of it; in the hands of the morally weak it can do endless damage.

Good schools do train character. We talk of the "Harvard type of man," the "Bryn Mawr type of woman." When we do, we mean something more than that the person has, acquired a body of information and has gone through a certain process of mental training. We mean an individual in whom the character qualities that identify his college have been duplicated. Each individual of our recently instituted high school of Cumberland is therefore challenged to exemplify such character qualities that society may talk of the Pennsylvania Avenue High School type of man or woman.

Whence do these qualities come? To some extent from the curriculum, of course. Science has taught the application of knowledge. History has taught that the forces for good are those that have molded the progress of civilization. The ancient and modern languages have contributed characteristics which are due to the keen minds of the centuries.

But it is primarily not the subject of study that builds character. The essential factors lie outside of the content matter of the educational program. The continuous contact with strong and upright men and women who compose the faculties, contribute toward character education. The traditions of all good schools have inculcated a reverence for the ideals that have made them great. Contact with fellow students have developed ambitions, contact with other schools in athletics and other contests have developed pride and self confidence. All these and many other elements help to build up the qualities that make for a graceful adjustment of the individual to the demands of society and thus round out a strong character.


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Pennsylvania Avenue High School, Cumberland, senior class.


Collection Location:
South Cumberland Library

Original Size:
26 cms x 20 cms

Printer: J. P. Bell, Lynchburg, Va.

School yearbooks; Cumberland (Md.)--Genealogy.

Cumberland, (Md.), 1928

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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