Prize Essay and Lectures, Delivered Before the American Institute of Instruction ... Including the Journal of Proceedings ..., Bind 28

American Institute of Instruction, 1858
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Side 29 - Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee Jest, and youthful Jollity, Quips, and cranks,* and wanton* wiles, Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles, Such as hang on Hebe's cheek, And love to live in dimple sleek; Sport that wrinkled Care derides, And Laughter holding both his sides.
Side 75 - Man is his own star; and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man, Commands all light, all influence, all fate; Nothing to him falls early or too late. Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.
Side 79 - Those who have been brought up under the ordinary school-drill, and have carried away with them the idea that education is practicable only in that style, will think it hopeless to make children their own teachers. If, however, they •will call to mind that the all-important knowledge of surrounding objects which a child gets in its early years is got without...
Side 97 - Were once but deserts ; — culture's hand Has scattered verdure o'er the land, And smiles and fragrance rule* serene, Where barren wilds usurped the scene. And such is man. A soil which breeds Or sweetest flowers or vilest weeds ; Flowers lovely as the morning's light, Weeds deadly as the aconite ; Just as his heart is trained to bear The poisonous weed, or flow'ret fair.
Side 87 - The exaltation of talent, as it is called, above virtue and religion, is the curse of the age. Education is now chiefly a stimulus to learning, and thus men acquire power without the principles which alone make it a good. Talent is worshipped ; but, if divorced from rectitude, it will prove more of a demon than a god.
Side 80 - Who mdeed can watch the ceaseless observation and inquiry and inference going on in a child's mind, or listen to its acute remarks on matters within the range of its faculties, without perceiving that these powers...
Side 41 - There is no office higher than that of a teacher of youth; for there is nothing on earth so precious as the mind, soul, character of the child. No office should be regarded with greater respect. The first minds in the community should be encouraged to assume it. Parents should do all but impoverish themselves, to induce such to become the guardians and guides of their children.
Side 88 - An hour of solitude passed in sincere and earnest prayer, or the conflict with, and conquest over a single passion or ' subtle bosom sin,' will teach us more of thought, will more effectually awaken the faculty, and form the habit, of reflection, than a year's study in the Schools without them.
Side 78 - ... the facts in his memory in a way that no mere information heard from a teacher, or read in a school-book, can be registered. Even if he fails, the tension to which his faculties have been wound up insures his remembrance of the solution when given to him, better than half a dozen repetitions would. Observe again, that this discipline necessitates a continuous •organization of the knowledge he acquires. It is in the very nature of facts and inferences, assimilated in this normal manner, that...
Side 72 - I learnt from him that poetry, even that of the loftiest, and, seemingly, that of the wildest odes, had a logic of its own as severe as that of science, and more difficult, because more subtle, more complex, and dependent on more and more fugitive causes.

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