Report of the School Committee of the City of Providence, Presented to the City Council ...

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Knowles and Vose, 1902 - Public schools
 

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Page 61 - ... to impress on the minds of children and youth committed to their care and instruction the principles of piety and justice and a sacred regard to truth ; love of their country, humanity, and universal benevolence; sobriety, industry, and frugality; chastity, moderation, and temperance ; and those other virtues which are the ornament of human society and the basis upon which a republican Constitution is founded...
Page 79 - scholarship," unless it is properly interpreted. It includes more than mere book knowledge. There is in schools today too much green scholarship. As Holmes puts it: "Knowledge and timber shouldn't be much used till they are seasoned." Book and paper reading, attending lectures, spasmodic study, a little of this and less of that, is not scholarship; there should be something of many things, but there should also be sufficient of one thing to be an effective power. If the end in view is to broaden...
Page 84 - Any teacher who has served in the city for ten years may, on recommendation of the superintendent and vote of the board, have leave of absence for one year for purposes of study or travel, and may receive onethird of his salary, provided the amount in no case shall exceed five hundred dollars.
Page 89 - As to the teacher herself: Has she sympathy and tact, self-reliance and originality, breadth and intensity? Is she systematic, direct, and business-like? Is she courteous, neat in person and in work? Has she discernment of character and a just standard of requirement and attainment?
Page 61 - ... their country, humanity and universal benevolence; sobriety, industry and frugality; chastity, moderation and temperance; and those other virtues which are the ornament of human society and the basis upon which a republican constitution is founded; and...
Page 78 - I do care about it very much, because his pupils may be in the highest forms ; and besides, I think that even the elements are best taught by a man who has a thorough knowledge of the matter. However, if one must give way, I prefer activity of mind and an interest in his work to high scholarship : for the one may be acquired far more easily than the other.
Page 117 - ... over 12 years of age, has been excused in order to be employed, by authority of the school committee upon the written recommendation of the overseer of the poor stating that the child's wages are necessary for the support of the family, and also upon the written recommendation of the truant officers...
Page 101 - ... be made to understand that this special grading is solely for his benefit. In New York this experiment showed good results from the beginning. Many a boy, responding for the first time to a real interest in his welfare, began to realize the importance of trying to please his teacher; and later not only showed interest in his work, but a real desire to learn. Many of these...
Page 57 - ... taken up in this spirit, it ceases to be a thing apart. It is no longer simply so much more work added to an already crowded curriculum, but a helpmeet and assistance in dealing with the constant problems of the school. On the other hand, it will be only when the work is approached in this spirit, and the regular teacher comes to use handwork expression in the same way that she now uses speech and writing, that handwork will reach its full possibilities in the primary school, or, for that matter,...
Page 84 - Good methods of teaching are important, but they cannot supply the want of ability in the teacher. The Socratic method is good ; but a Socrates behind the teacher's desk to ask questions is better.

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