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PLAIN EDUCATIONAL TALKS

WITH

TEACHERS AND PARENTS.

BY

ALBERT N. RAUB, A. M.,

SUPT, OF LOCK HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

PHILADELPHIA:
CLAXTON, REMSEN & HAFFELFINGER,

819 AND 821 MARKET STREET.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by

CLAXTON, REMSEN & HAFFELFINGER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States in and for

the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

STEREOTYPED BY J. FAGAN & SON.

PRINTED BY MOORE BROS.

TO

My Beloved wife,

WHOSE READY SYMPATHY, WARM ENCOURAGEMENT, AND

EARNEST PRAYERS, HAVE BEEN MY

CONSTANT SUPPORT,

Y Dedicate this Volume

AS

A TOKEN OF AFFECTION.

PREFACE.

IN
N a number of instances during the past few years,

I have been requested to furnish my educational lectures for publication. I have steadily refused complying with all such requests from time to time, but have at length, at the solicitation of my friends, embraced much of the matter in the following chapters. This must be my apology for bringing before the public another work on the subject of which this book treats. Yet the subject is so important in all its bearings, and of such vital interest, that too much can hardly be said on it, and it may be, therefore, that no apology is needed.

One object in view in the preparation of this work has been to produce such a book as would recommend itself by the variety of topics, and the manner in which they are discussed, to the attention of both teachers and parents. In order to accomplish this it has been divested as much as possible of the didactic character which all educational works in a certain measure must assume. It is not meant to be a scientific treatise at all, but simply, what its title indicates, Plain Educational Talks with Teachers and Parents. The subject is a broad one, and of course in a volume the size of this its treatment cannot be comprehensive.

My greatest ambition in the preparation of this volume, which has been written almost wholly during the spare evening hours of a hard winter's work, has been to present a book which the thoughtful teacher

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