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A report on the feasibility and advisability of some policy to inaugurate a system of rifle practice throughout the public schools of the country   By: (1840-1928)

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In George Wood Wingate's thought-provoking book on the feasibility and advisability of implementing a system of rifle practice in public schools, he delves into an issue that continues to be a topic of intense debate even in our modern society. Through the lens of historical context, Wingate presents a well-researched and comprehensive report that sheds light on a controversial policy proposal.

Wingate begins his book by providing a detailed overview of the historical significance of rifle practice and its role in shaping a nation. Drawing on examples from past civilizations and the military, he argues that the development of marksmanship skills not only contributes to national security but also fosters discipline, responsibility, and self-reliance among young individuals. The author's ability to connect the dots between firearm education and broader societal benefits convincingly lays the groundwork for his thesis.

One of the key strengths of Wingate's work lies in his meticulous analysis of the practical aspects and potential challenges associated with integrating rifle practice into public schools. He methodically examines the necessary infrastructural requirements, training protocols, and safety measures that would need to be in place. While acknowledging the concerns regarding firearms in an educational setting, he systematically addresses these objections, offering logical counterarguments and emphasizing the importance of comprehensive risk management strategies.

Furthermore, Wingate demonstrates a nuanced understanding of different educational philosophies and their potential relationship with rifle practice. He explores both the pragmatic benefits and potential drawbacks of incorporating this physical discipline within an already overcrowded curriculum. By grounding his arguments in educational theory and practical considerations, the author presents a balanced perspective that contributes to the reader's understanding of the potential impact of such a policy.

Throughout the book, Wingate consistently supports his claims with an impressive array of examples and statistics. He effectively employs historical anecdotes, case studies, and testimonials to bolster his argument. Though occasionally overburdened with excessive data, these evidential accumulations lend credence to his proposed policy, instilling confidence in his readers regarding its potential advantages.

However, despite the strengths of Wingate's book, some weaknesses should be noted. The author occasionally fails to acknowledge the potential risks and challenges associated with implementing this policy. While he briefly touches on them, an in-depth exploration of these concerns would have provided a more comprehensive understanding of the issue at hand. Additionally, the lack of a critical evaluation of the potential societal implications of weaponizing schools seems to neglect a crucial aspect of the debate.

In conclusion, George Wood Wingate's book offers a well-researched and comprehensive report on the feasibility and advisability of instituting rifle practice in public schools. Through a historical, practical, and evidential examination, the author successfully presents a compelling argument for his proposed policy. This thought-provoking book contributes to the ongoing dialogue surrounding firearms, education, and national security, and is a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the multifaceted nature of this controversial topic.

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A REPORT ON THE FEASIBILITY AND ADVISABILITY OF SOME POLICY TO INAUGURATE A SYSTEM OF RIFLE PRACTICE THROUGHOUT THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THE COUNTRY

By

Gen. GEORGE W. WINGATE Of New York

and

Gen. AMMON B. CRITCHFIELD Of Ohio

PUBLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH A RESOLUTION OF THE NATIONAL BOARD FOR THE PROMOTION OF RIFLE PRACTICE

WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 1907

NOTICE

At the annual meeting of the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, held at Washington, D.C., January 24, 1906, the question of building up an interest in target practice throughout the schools of the country was discussed, and a special committee consisting of Gen. L. M. Oppenheimer, of Texas; Gen. George W. Wingate, of New York, and Gen. Ammon B. Critchfield, of Ohio, was appointed to inquire into and report at the next annual meeting of the board upon

The feasibility and advisability of some policy to inaugurate a system of rifle practice throughout the public schools of the country.

At the last meeting of the board held at Washington, D.C., January 25, 1907, the report of this committee was submitted by Generals Wingate and Critchfield, and is published in accordance with the following resolution of the board, which was unanimously adopted:

Resolved , That the report of the committee on rifle practice in public schools be approved and the thanks of the board be tendered Generals Wingate and Critchfield for their valuable paper; that the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice recommend to the various educational authorities the desirability of interesting school boys over 13 years of age in the subject of rifle practice... Continue reading book >>




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