Excerpt from A Manual of the System of Discipline and Instruction: For the Schools of the Public School Society of New-York, Instituted in the Year 1805
Mildness, vigilance, and decision, are the characteristics of good government. In codes of discipline, the law of kind ness, is as invariable in its inﬂuence, as are the laws of na ture; but it requires judgment and prudence in its application. Vigilance has been called the strongest arm of the law. It has one other strong arm the law of - which, by a moral force, persuades to duty, and insensibly compels to obey. Decision gives stability to government - while vigilance prevents the occurrence of evil. A spirit of kindness adds a genial inﬂuence to both preventing either from being abused by enabling the reasoning faculties to be successfully addressed, and the enlightened conscience to be convinced of wrong. Hence, punishment is more likely to be justly and judiciously administered; for, firmness will not, then, run into tyranny - nor vigilance be exercised in a spirit of espionage. Thus, it will be found, that madness, vigilance, and decision, with firmness, make up the all in all, of the discipline and government of a school and, if properly blended, must secure success under all circumstances.
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