Monitorial Instruction: An Address

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M. Day, 1825 - Monitorial system of education - 216 pages
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Page 57 - I can discover, are the windows by which light is let into this dark room; for methinks the understanding is not much unlike a closet wholly shut from light, with only some little opening left, to let in external visible resemblances, or ideas of things without: would the pictures coming into such a dark room but stay there, and lie so orderly as to be found upon occasion, it would very much resemble the understanding of a man, in reference to all objects of sight, and the ideas of them.
Page 77 - A free government, like ours, cannot be maintained except by an enlightened and virtuous people. It is not enough that there be a few individuals of sufficient information to manage public affairs. To the people our rulers are immediately responsible for the faithful discharge of their official duties. But if the people be incapable of judging correctly of their conduct and measures ; what security can they have for their liberties a single hour ? Knowledge is power, by whomsoever possessed. If the...
Page 85 - At present, the great mass of our teachers are mere adventurers — either young meu who are looking forward to some less laborious and more respectable vocation, and who, of course, have no ambition to excel in the business of teaching, and no motive to exertion but immediate and temporary relief from pecuniary embarrassment; or men who despair of doing better, or who have failed in other pursuits, or who are wandering from place to place, teaching a year here and a year there, and gathering up...
Page 85 - Our country needs Seminaries purposely to train up and qualify young men for the profession of teaching. We have our theological seminaries, our medical and law schools, which receive the graduates of our colleges and fit them for their respective professions. And whenever the profession of teaching shall be duly honored 'and appreciated, it is not doubted but that it will receive similar attention and be favored with equal advantages.
Page 149 - Neque enim est sanctius sacris iisdem quam studiis initiari. Sensum ipsum, qui communis dicitur, ubi discet, cum se a congressu, qui non hominibus solum sed mutis...
Page 133 - Of the political and moral importance of this class, there can be but one opinion. It is the strength of the community. It contains, beyond all comparison, the greatest proportion of the intelligence, industry, and wealth of the state.
Page 78 - ... essential to its safe keeping and rightful exercise. Otherwise, they will soon be at the mercy of the unprincipled aspiring demagogue — who, for a time, may court and flatter them — but who will assuredly seize upon the first favorable crisis to bend their necks to his yoke and compel them to hail him as their lord and sovereign. Give the people knowledge, therefore, and you give them power. Education must ever be the grand safeguard of our liberties — the palladium of our political institutions...
Page 55 - So far as exercises of this nature can be introduced with advantage, we shall take particular pleasure in promoting them; and we anticipate no difficulty in finding among our boys those who will be willing and qualified to become monitors, in instructing others in the arts of leaping, climbing, pitching, and in other varieties of muscular skill and exertion.
Page 87 - As life is given for improvement and usefulness, so our youth should not be hurried too rapidly over their studies. " Let us not seek to make children youth, and youth men, and men lawyers, physicians, clergymen, or politicians, too fast. Let us keep our pupils at their proper work, and carry them as far as they can safely and surely go, and no further. Better teach them one thing well than twenty things imperfectly. Their education will then be valuable as far as it extends.
Page 151 - ... a more improved principle — what I say is this — that such a school is altogether invaluable in a free state — in a state having higher objects in view by the education of its youth than a mere knowledge of the Latin and Greek languages, and the study of prosody. That in a state like this, higher objects should be kept in view, there can be no doubt, though I confess I have passed much of my time in these studies myself. Yet a school like the old High School of Edinburgh, is invaluable,...

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