This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1889 Excerpt: ... experience. The demands made upon the teacher may be great, but the ideals upon which they are based are within easy reach. Any day of the school year a halfhour's or an hour's ride will take me into the presence of those from whom my pictures have been drawn. My ideal is a present reality, and the realization of this ideal in our own schools has but strengthened and confirmed my belief in the ever-increasing efficiency of the public school as one of the means for the training of our boys and girls in the development of worthy characters. VIII. THE CLASS RECITATION. Whether we regard the prime purpose of the school as mental or moral instruction and discipline, the formation of character, or the manual skill that shall aid in securing a comfortable livelihood, the recitation is that about which center all the activities of school-life, giving it success or stamping it with failure. The personal influence of the teacher is of the first importance; the power to control and direct, invaluable; the magnetism which shall inspire and incite to earnest, loving effort, a necessity to the accomplished, successful teacher; but all of these qualifications find full scope in the recitation, and, without this end, they have little cause or reason to be. The recitation is the controlling influence, determining the length and character of the lessons, the manner of their preparation, the conduct of the pupil, his hours of study, his interest in school, and his regard for his teacher, and gives the color, the value, to all his schooldays, his waking and his sleeping hours. It is the recitation, with its direct or indirect influences, which makes him a trusty friend or a hopeless truant, a student or a scamp, and which will guide him along the paths of honest and successful...
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