The Lesson System: The Story of Its Origin and Inauguration

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Page 94 - Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth...
Page 18 - We need an institution for the formation of better teachers : and until this step is taken we can make no important progress. The most crying want in this Commonwealth is the want of accomplished teachers. We boast of our schools : but our schools do comparatively little, for want of educated instructors. Without good teaching, a school is but a name.
Page 86 - ... recommended to them, will be incited to perseverance by the interest which they see others taking in them. It may happen, in rare instances, that a person of eminent mental endowments, which otherwise might have remained uncultivated and unknown, will be stimulated in this manner to diligence, and put forth unexpected powers, and, passing rapidly beyond the rest, become greatly distinguished, and take a place among the luminaries of the age. I shall be interested to watch, during the little space...
Page 33 - Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
Page 18 - One of the surest signs of the regeneration of society will be, the elevation of the art of teaching to the highest rank in the community. When a people shall learn, that its greatest benefactors and most important members are men devoted to the liberal instruction of all its classes, to the work of raising to life its buried intellect, it will have opened to itself the path of true glory.
Page 85 - I cannot be present at the meeting called to organize the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle ; but I am glad that such a movement is on foot, and wish it the fullest success. There is an attempt to make science, or a knowledge of the laws of the material universe, an ally of the school which denies a separate spiritual existence and a future life ; in short, to borrow of science weapons to be used against Christianity.
Page 30 - But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Page 19 - ... of individual action ; — for a period of time, long enough to admit of a systematic plan of operations, and yet not so protracted as to prove a burdensome expense, or an interruption to other engagements ; — under the direction of men, whose only claim to respect and continued attention must be their experience and acknowledged success in the subjects assigned them — and in a course of instruction, at once theoretical and practical, combined with opportunities of inquiry, discussion and...
Page 85 - ... spiritual existence and a future life ; in short, to borrow of science weapons to be used against Christianity. The friends of religion, therefore, confident that one truth never contradicts another, are doing wisely when they seek to accustom the people at large to think and to weigh evidence, as well as to believe. By giving a portion of their time to a vigorous training of the intellect and a study of the best books, men gain the power to deal satisfactorily with questions with which the mind...
Page 53 - Convention appoint a committee to consist of five clergymen and five laymen, to select a course of Bible lessons for a series of years not exceeding seven, which shall, as far as they may decide possible, embrace a general study of the whole Bible, alternating between the Old and New Testaments semi-annually or quarterly, as they shall deem best; and to publish a list of such lessons as fully as possible, and at least for the two years next ensuing, as early as the first of August, 1872; and that...

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