Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


College of Education and International Services


Education, Curriculum and Instruction, MA

First Advisor

Raymond S. Moore

Second Advisor

E. J. Barnes

Third Advisor

E. A. Robertson


Statement of the Problem

It is the purpose of this study (1) to define clearly the philosophy of physical labor In the Christian school (2) to tabulate and evaluate the scope of student employment in the Seventh-hay Adventist academies located in the North American Divisions (3) to discover which industries have borne the tests of time and competition; (4) to determine the number of students employed in such industries as will relieve nerve and eye strain while supplying needed exercise; (5) to point out some of the laws relating to child labor; and (6) to name some specific suggestions which might develop a richer and better balanced labor-study program on the campuses of the academies.

Importance of the Study

The high cost of private schools is known to all educators. The great character-building values obtained from learning to work along practical lines is not known by all educators. Whether in times of rising costs, inflation, or in times of limited labor opportunities, depression, there will continue to be a demand on the part of students, parents, and boards for remunerative student employment. The early age at which students are now reaching academy level, certain state child labor laws, and the high monthly statements issuing from the academy business offices make this problem an acute one. Student labor opportunity is literally a lifeline, and a blessing, to many students and schools.


A questionnaire was sent to the principals of the seventy-five Seventh-day Adventist academies in the North American Division. These busy men sent back kind and helpful replies, giving facts and convictions which will be very helpful as basic research. After stating the problem, a survey of the literature in this area, a brief history of work as it relates to education, especially in the United States, will be given.

The writings of the Bible, and of Ellen G. White and other educators, are quoted to give the basis for the philosophy of education which sees great value in organized physical labor in connection with the study of books. Since leadership is the key and cornerstone to doing something about this felt need in education, brief biographies, charts, graphs, tables, and recommendations for future action are employed.

Subject Area

Seventh-day Adventist secondary schools; Education, Secondary; Education, Cooperative

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