Excerpt from The Pennsylvania School Journal, 1877, Vol. 26
The conference recommended the use of reading books based on the sciences, and not on the worn-out systems of the past or the gathered nonsense of the present. It was time. A reading-book for children should be large - very large. We should also have educational libraries for the young. Equally neces sary are school museums, to enable teachers to give object lessons with effect. They favor walks by teach ers and scholars to places where nature can be studied to the best advantage, and visits to museums and monuments for the purpose of learning history, &c. The doctrine is, all comes through the senses. Success to the one that goes farthest in showing us what children should be allowed to see, and down with the teacher who prates of subjects which children cannot understand, and which consequently destroy all their originality.
The congress gave attention also to the means to be employed in developing the artistic taste of chil dren. The method proposed was again educational walks, the observation -of nature, of leaves, ﬂowers, works of architecture, drawing. You see at once the drift of the discussion. I am persuaded that some educational walks will soon constitute a part of our sys tem of education. They also insisted that more time should be devoted to the teaching of drawing, that lessons on this subject should be given every day. Music should form a part of every course in all ele mentary schools, and many hold that gymnastics con tributes towards the development of a taste for the beautiful. Of the truth of this latter Opinion 1 am not altogether sure.
A young teacher, in a paper well considered and well written, took the ground that there ought to be in each Canton an extra teacher to take the place of any one sick or necessarily absent.
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