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ROF. Huxley's PLAN OF EDUCATION.
I conceive the proper course to be somewhat
as follows: To begin with, let every child be inAround it still the sumachs grow, And blackberry vines are running.
structed in those general views of the phenomenon
of Nature, for which we have no exact English Within, the master's desk is seen,
name, The nearest approximation to a name for Deep scarred by raps official :
what I mean, which we possess, is “physical geoThe warping floor, the battered seats, The jack-knife's carved initial
graphy.” The Germans have a better-Erdkunde
(earth-knowledge, or geology" in its etymologi. The charcoal frescoes on its walls, Its door's worn sill, betraying
cal sense), that is to say, a general knowledge of The feet that, creeping slow to school,
the earth, and what is on it, in it, and about it. Went storming out to playing !
If any one who has had experience of the ways of
young children will call to mind their questions, he Long years ago a winter's sun Shone over it at setting;
will find that, so far as they can be put into any Lit up its western window-panes,
scientific category, they come under the head of And low eaves' icy fretting.
Erdkunde. The child asks, What is the moon, It touched the tangled golden curls,
and why does it shine ? What is this water, and And brown eyes full of grieving,
where does it run ? What is the wind ? What of one who still her steps delayed
makes the waves in the sea ? Where does this When all the school were leaving.
animal live? and what is the use of this plant? For near her stood the little boy
And if not snubbed and stunted by being told not Her childish favor singled,
to ask foolish questions, there is no limit to the in. His cap pulled low upon a face
tellectual craving of a young child, nor any bounds Where pride and shame were mingled.
to the slow but solid accretion of knowledge and Pushing with restless feet the snow
development of the thinking quality in this way. To right and left he lingered,
To all such questions, answers which are necessari.
ly incomplete, but true as far as they go, may be
given by any teacher whose ideas represent real He saw her lift her eyes; he felt
knowledge, and not mere book-learning; and a The soft hand's light caressing, And heard the trembling of her voice,
panoramic view of Nature, accompanied by a As is a fault confessing,
strong infusion of the scientific habit of mind, may
thus be placed within the reach of every child of
nine or ten.
After this preliminary opening of the eyes to the "Because, you see, I love you!"
great spectacle of the daily progress of Nature, as
the reasoning faculties of the child grow and he Still memory to a gray-haired man That sweet child-face is showing:
becomes familiar with the use of the tools of Deur girl! the grasses on her grave
knowledge-reading, writing, and elementary Have forty years been growing !
mathematics--he should pass on to what is in the He lives to learn, in life's hard school,
more strict sense physical science. Now there are How few who pass abuve him
two kinds of physical science : the one regards Lament their triumph and his loss
form and the relation of forms to one another; Like hes--because they love him.
the other deals with causes and effects.
of what we term our sciences, those two kinds are
mixed up together ; but systematic botany is a THE MANAGER.
pure example of the former kind, and physics of
the latter kind of science. Every educational ad-
vantage which training in physical science can give, Reflect, soft wood is given to you for splitting,
is obtainable from the proper study of these two; And then, observe for whom you write!
and I should be contented for the present if they, If one comes bored, exhausted quite, Another, satiate, leaves the banquet's tapers,
added to our Erdkunde, furnished the whole of the And, worst of all, full many a wight
scientific curriculum of schools. —Lay Sermons, Is fresh from reading of the daily papers,
Addresses and Reviews.
CIENTIFIC EDUCATION.—But if scientific
training is to yield its most eminent results, it What dreams are yours in high poetic places? You're pleased, forsooth, full houses to behold !
must, I repeat, be made practical. That is to say, Draw near, and view your patrons' faces !
in explaining to a child the general phenomena of The half are coarse, the half are cold.
Nature, you must as far as possible, give reality to One, when the play is out, goes home to cards ; your teaching by object-lessons; in teaching him
on a wench's breast another chooses : Why should you rack, poor, foolish bards,
botany, he must handle the plants and dissect the Por ends like these, the gracious Muses ?
flowers for himself; in teaching him physics and
information, but you must be careful that what he To satisfy them is a task.”
learns he knows of his own knowledge. Don't be From the “ Prelude on the Stage" in Goethe's Faust,
satisfied with telling him that a magnet attracts translated by Bayard Taylor Fields, Osgood & Co.). Į iron. Let him see that it does; let him feel the
I hate to go
A wild night
pull of the one upon the other for himself. And, children are taken in the Kinder-Garten eso especially, tell him that it is his duty to doubt un tablishments, and taught to perform wonders til he is compelled, by the absolute authority of with blocks, wands, scissors and paper. In schools
TI Naturę, to believe that which is written in books. a little more advanced, objects are examined, anPursue this discipline carefully and conscientiously, alyzed, and explained ; and in institutions of every and you may make sure that, however scanty may grade the old-fashioned system of instructionbe the measure of information which you have learning words without meaning—is passing rapidly poured into the boy's mind, you have created an away. The result is, that while the rising gener. intellectual habit of priceless value in practical ation has less of that parrot-like knowledge of life. --Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews. words which the old system produced, it has a
RUE EDUCATION.-In other words, educa more thorough, useful, and practical knowledge of
tion is the instruction of the intellect in the things. "I love the young dogs of this age, " laws of Nature, under which name I include not
said old Dr. Johnson, on one occasion ; "they have merely things and their forces, but men and their more wit and humor and knowledge of lise than ways; and the fashioning of the affections and of we had; but then," added he, “the dogs are not the will into an earnest and loving desire to move so good scholars."
We think “the young dogs in harmony with those laws. For me, education of this age” have, as we said above, a more means neither more nor less than this. Anything thorough, useful, and practical knowledge of things, which professes to call itself education must be and are at the same time quite as “good scholars" tried by this standard ; and if it fails to stand the
as the children of the generations past. This is test, I will not call it education, whatever may be owing alone to our improved methods of instructhe force of authority, or of numbers, upon the tion. other side. -Lay Sermons, Addresses and Reviews It is an important part of the duty of those who (Appleton).
have charge of our schools to provide them with ULTURE.-- There is no doubt, that, on the dispensable; but, good apparatus is scarcely less
suitable apparatus. Houses and teachers are inwhole, the rich soil is the best ; the fruit of it has body and flavor. To what affluence does work with—then we may reasonably expect work
Let our teachers have proper implements to a woman (to take an instance, thank Heaven, which is common) grow, with favoring circum- cational Monthly.
to be done. -T. J. CHAPMAN, in The Am. Edx. stances, under the stimulus of the richest social and intellectual influences! I am aware that there ISUSED WORDS --Kinsman: For this hearty has been a good deal said in poetry about the
English word, full of manhood and warm fringed gentian and the harebell of rocky districts blood, elegant people have forced upon us two and waysides, and I know that it is possible for very vague, misty substitutes--relation and connec: maidens to bloom in very slight soil into a wild. tion. By the use of the latter words in place of wood grace and beauty; yet, the world through, the former, nothing is gained and much is lost. they lack that wealth of charms, that tropic af- Both of them are very general terms. Men have fluence of both person and mind, which higher and relations of various kinds, and connections are of more stimulating culture brings :—the passion as
still wider distribution. Even in regard to family well as the soul glowing in the Cloth-of-Gold rose. and friends, it is impossible to give these words Neither persons nor plants are ever fully themselves
exactness of meaning; whereas, a man's kin, his until they are cultivated to their highest. — My kinsmen, are only those of his own blood. His Summer in a Garden, by C. Warner. (Fields, cousin is his kinsman, but his brother-in-law is not. 0. En Co.)
Yet relation is made to express both connections,
one of blood and the other of law, In losing OTANY IN EDUCATION. ---But valuable as may be a knowledge of the vegetable king. kinswoman, and are obliged to give her place to kinsman we lose also his frank, sweet-lipped sister
, dom, I should hardly have undertaken to make a school-book with reference to this object alone.
that poor, mealy-mouthed, ill-made-up Latin in
It is not what Botany is, considered in itself, but what
terloper, female relation. --Words and their it is capable of doing sor the minds of those who
Uses, by Richard Grant White (Sheldon). pursue it aright, that gives it its highest interest to
HE LABORERS OF THE WORLD.-Consider, the educator; and it has been to secure certain im
in effect, the Germanic people of the present portant results in mental cultivation which are but day and throughout history." They are, primar. impei fectly provided for in our system of popular ily, the great laborers of the world ; in maiters of education that has led to the preparation of this intellect none equal them ; in erudition, in phil. series of exercises. It is because Botany, beyond osophy, in the most crabbid linguistic studies
, in all other subjects, is suited to maintain the mind voluminous editions, dictionaries and other com. in direct intercourse with the objects and order of pilations, in researches of the laboratory--in all Nature, and to train the observing powers and the science, in short, whatever stern and hard, but mental operations they involve, in a systematic necessary and preparatory work there is to be way, that I have undertaken to put its rudiments done, that is their province; patiently, and with into such a shape that this desirable work can be most commendable self-sacrifice they hew out every rightly commenced.---From the Preface in Miss stone that enters into the edifice of modern times. Youman's First Book of Botany (Appleton). - Taine's The Philosophy of Art in the Nether. TEACHING WITH APPARATUS, by means of lands (Leypoldt & Holt).
Appleton's European Guide-Book is spoken of to be almost the sole practice. The smallest | by English Critics in the most favorable terins.
Tangible objects of representations has come