Hints to Teachers in National Schools: Selected from Modern Works on Practical Education

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Henry Hopwood
J.Burns, 1841 - Teaching - 173 pages

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Page iv - It is good also not to try experiments in states, except the necessity be urgent, or the utility evident; and well to beware that it be the reformation that draweth on the change, and not the desire of change that pretendeth the reformation.
Page iii - It were good therefore that men in their innovations would follow the example of time itself, which indeed innovateth greatly, but quietly and by degrees scarce to be perceived...
Page 107 - As, it is usually managed, it is a dreadful task indeed to learn, and if possible a more dreadful task to teach to read: with the help of counters, and coaxing, and gingerbread, or by dint of reiterated pain and terror, the names of the...
Page 125 - You would ride very safely on the camel's back, if you had ... stirrups between these two large ... lumps. Lumps ! ! Hunches, Sir. Now, I must tell you something more about this wonderful animal, and then you will tell me what you think of it. The camel is a very tall animal, as high as six feet, that is from the ... floor to a little above my ... head.
Page vi - ... body. Many men there are, than whom nothing is more commendable when they are singled; and yet in society with others none less fit to answer the duties which are looked for at their hands.
Page 74 - ... receiving the medicine, and every other little adventitious concomitant of his cure. The copyist may introduce precisely the same number and the same size of classes, — may place the master, the monitors, and the scholars, in the same respective positions, — may prescribe to them the same movements, — may put the same books into their hands, — and, in short, may give the whole the self-same external aspect. But, if he be not at least equally desirous to catch the spirit, as to imitate...
Page 26 - ... idiot. Certainly an idiot does the same thing, and seems to derive the same species of pleasure from it : so does a child. The philosophy of the subject is thus expounded by a popular writer: ' Too little attention has, I think, hitherto been given to the ' broad fact, that a child's mental existence is constituted almost ' entirely of the workings of the conceptive faculty. The human ' mind, in its first period, may be said to be all ideality...
Page 85 - ... a unity of system, and as nice an accommodation of each class to the others, as if he himself were every moment personally occupied in each, and continually conducted the education of every individual scholar from its commencement to its close.
Page 83 - ... circumstances must be taken into account — that one may be rejected or removed from being a monitor, merely on account of his not possessing a turn for teaching, without calling in question either his own other attainments or his diligence, and that, among the monitors themselves, the post of honor depends, not on the numerical order of the class intrusted to them, but entirely upon its state of discipline and improvement.
Page 73 - ... usefulness, or stability of the future fabric is to depend ; nor will he suffer himself to forget how often it has happened that, on the removal of the scaffolding, some deformity or flaw in the structure itself has been disclosed, which the apparatus had hitherto concealed from the eye of the spectator. From inattention to this fundamentally important truth, how large a proportion, unfortunately, of the schools instituted even upon the most justly celebrated systems have been allowed to become...

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