Annual Report

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Printed at the Republican office, 1878
 

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Página 192 - ... the spoiling of thousands of good farmers and mechanics, to make poor professional men, while those who would make good professional men, are obliged to attend to the simple duties of life, and submit to preaching that neither feeds nor stimulates them, and medicine that kills or fails to cure them. There must be something radically wrong in our educational system, when youth are generally unfitted for the station which they are to occupy, or are forced into professions for which they have no...
Página 192 - ... drilled into them that to be in private life, in whatever condition, is to be, in some sense, a " nobody." It is possible that the schools are not exclusively to blame for this state of things, and that our political harangues, and even our political institutions, have something to do with it. What we greatly need in this country is the inculcation of soberer views of life. Boys and girls are bred to discontent. Everybody is after a high place, and nearly everybody fails to get one ; and, failing,...
Página 192 - They had hoped to realize in life that which had been promised them in school, but all their dreams have faded, and left them disappointed and unhappy. They envy those whom they have been taught to consider above them, and learn to count their own lives a failure. Girls starve in a mean poverty, or do worse, because they are too proud to work in a chamber, or go into a shop. American servants are obsolete, all common employments are at a...
Página 78 - ... the one hand it is contended in the interest of productive industry, that the public schools, being for the masses who are destined to fill the ranks of common laborers, should give a semi-technical education, and avoid purely disciplinary studies. The latter should be reserved (it is thought) for academies and preparatory schools founded by private enterprise and open to such of the community as can afford to patronize them. This means a division in the course of study — one branch of it tending...
Página 192 - ... soberer views of life. Boys and girls are bred to discontent. Everybody is after a high place, and nearly everybody fails to get one; and failing, loses heart, temper and content. The multitude dress beyond their means, and live beyond their necessities, to keep up a show of being what they are not. Humble employments are held in contempt, and humble powers are everywhere making high employments contemptible. Our children need to be educated to fill, in Christian humility, the subordinate offices...
Página 79 - ... prepares for its perpetuity by educating his children. There is nothing more favorable to the character of the foreigner newly arrived on our shores than this, that he is everywhere eager to avail himself of the school privileges. To the self-respect born of aspiration, what greater shock can be offered than the establishment of caste schools — public schools founded especially for the industrial class, to the end that its children being born from
Página 78 - ... could not but develop sooner or later into an open contest. Now that the general attention is directed to education as an element of national and social strength, we can no longer avoid a discussion of these differences and of the theories on which they are based. The peaceful victories of industry at Paris, London, and Vienna and the colossal victories of Prussian arms at Sadowa and Sedan have aroused statesmen and political economists to the study of public education as essential to national...
Página 59 - Louis public schools, for 1876-77, contains an elaborate argument in "justification of the publie high school." from which the following is extracted: The limit to public education is found in the means and the will of the community which affords it. If the community regards education as a disagreeable but necessary charity, the extent of the education will not be great and its results will not have high valno.
Página 193 - When our public schools accomplish an end so desirable as this, they will fulfill their mission — and they will not before. I seriously doubt whether one school in a hundred, public or private, comprehends its duty in this particular. They fail to inculcate the idea that the majority of the offices of life are humble ; that the powers of the majority of the youth which they contain have relation to these offices; that no man is respectable when he is out of his place ; and that half of the unhappiness...
Página 193 - ... offices, that no man is respectable when he is out of his place, and that half of the unhappiness of the world grows out of the fact, that, from distorted views of life, men are in places where they do Lessons in Life not belong.

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