Public Schools in Their Relations to the Community : Read at a Meeting of the Association, April 1st, 1880 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Public Schools in Their Relations to the Community: Read at a Meeting of the Association, April 1st, 1880 Heaven from all creatures hides the book of Fate, and it was no doubt well that neither the advocates or the opponents of the constitutional clause of 1776 saw its inevitable result; else it had not been adopted. But to justify that action, ' we must consider what was at that time the extent of an ordinary English education, and how small a portion of the community received it, in the private schools of the day. The classics and the higher mathematics were seldom studied by those not destined for a learned profession or a college course. Natural Science and Political Economy, as branches of popular knowledge, did not exist; and a very limited acquaintance with Geography and History sufficed for the occasions of most men in those days of little travel and few newspapers. As to Drawing, it was reckoned, with Embroiderypand Deportment as an ornamental accomplishment for the very few young ladies schools then exist ing. The modern languages were learned for immediate use by the few adults who had need of them, and singing, in social even ing schools, by adolescents. There remained, therefore, really but the instruction in the three R's to be considered when popular education was before the slegislature, -providence thus, according to the promise that we shall not be tempted above that we are able, making the first step an easy' one. These wonderful R's, little clouds like a, man's hand-they have showered great bless ings upon us! Nor is their influence yet spent. The promise and potency of much to come is in these essential particles of education, to which we must go back again and again that we may better go forward. But the increased intellectual. Activity after the Napoleonic wars, added to human acquisitions not only new facts, but new sciences; and the elements of these, with a corresponding de velopment of the primitive branches, have added largely to the course of studies of the schools. This, in part, made necessary the High School department; but it has brought although the population had increased 40 per cent, In. 1840, after the classification of the lower schools, and the establishment of the High Schools, it had quadrupled, the figures of 1820 and 1830, and was about 1 - 1 1th of the population. Since then it has grown steadily in numbers and proportion, being in 1871 1 - 8th of the population. In 1816, with pupils, the cost was each. In 1871, with pupils. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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- 20 Jan 2018
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