Circular of Information of the Bureau of Education, for Volume 1-7
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...and all this before the pupil has read a story of half a dozen pages or is able to read understanding the current news of the day, and you have a faint conception of what the schools are attempting to do in teaching reading. In teaching reading our instructors lose sight of the true object to be attained, viz, a comprehension of the thought of the writer; they give too much time to manner, and not enough to matter; they teach how to emphasize by rule, but not how to understand; they give too much time to oral expression, and not enough to mental culture. Pupils trained in many of our schools are able to read whole pages according to rule, and yet are unable to gain a single idea from what has been read. Pupils thus trained look upon books as containing only words, and when leaving school are ignorant of the fact that through the medium of reading they can have as constant companions the wise and good of their own day as well as the illustrious dead of every age and clime. If it is conceded that there is something radically wrong in that system of teaching which fails to create in the pupil a love for books and which is powerless to attract his footsteps toward the quiet haunts of study, we surely must begin to look with suspicion on the method now in use, when we consider how widespread is the unconcern manifested by the children for the acquisition of knowledge or for individual research in the boundless fields of literature that are blossoming all around them. To my mind the difficulty lies in the fact that we confound reading with elocution, and that the latter has forced the former almost entirely from the course of study; and, unless some change is shortly inaugurated in this particular, the Wendell Phillips of the next century will...
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