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Agricultural or farm schools are urgently needed in the Philippine Islands, according to the director of education, who says that at least one such school should be found in every province, and that equipment should be purchased and capable teachers employed to put not less than one special course in farming in every one of the 300 intermediate schools now in existence. Considerable has already been done in the way of making a real start along this line. Day schools, known as settlement farm schools, and dormitory schools for older pupils, are now being organized in several of the provinces, and these schools are being furnished with essential equipment. Filipino teachers are rapidly replacing American intermediate teachers, so that now they constitute two thirds of the intermediate teaching force. The American teachers are being pushed up into the higher lines of instruction and supervision, and here they will be needed for a number of years, as it will be a long time before the native teachers will be prepared to handle secondary instruction alone.

The Arizona antialien labor law, enacted by the initiative vote of the people, has been declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court, thus affirming the decision of a special circuit court. Because several foreign governments had protested against the law, and because of its similarity to the land legislation in California, which restricts the ownership of real estate by Japanese, many lawyers looked forward to this decision for the indications it might give of the view the highest court might take of the California law if it ever got into litigation.

"No thought for the morrow"
November 13, 1915

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