A History of the McGuffey Readers

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Priv. Print., 1910 - 70 páginas
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Página 3 - I did not say in closing that liberal education is an end in itself, apart from all its utilities and applications. When we teach a child to read, our primary aim is not to enable it to decipher a way-bill or a receipt, but to kindle its imagination, enlarge its vision, and open for it the avenues of knowledge.
Página 17 - ... silence of his thoughts. It has become his master. It betrays his discretion, it breaks down his courage, it conquers his prudence. When suspicions from without begin to embarrass him, and the net of circumstance to entangle him, the fatal secret struggles with still greater violence to burst forth.
Página 10 - ALL day the low-hung clouds have dropped Their garnered fullness down; All day that soft, gray mist hath wrapped Hill, valley, grove, and town.
Página 17 - Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand, and my heart, to this vote.
Página 17 - NOT many generations ago, where you now sit encircled with all that exalts and embellishes civilized life, the 1 rank thistle nodded in the wind, and the wild fox dug his hole unscared.
Página 2 - Wh&i the chief aim of the school readers must be to teach the child to apprehend thought from the printed page and convey this thought to the attentive listener with precision, these efforts should be exerted upon thoughts that have permanent value. No other texts used in the school room bear directly and positively upon the formation of character in the pupils. The school readers are the proper and indispensable texts for teaching true patriotism, integrity, honesty, industry, temperance, courage,...
Página 12 - I cannot but wish the teachers had made us bound the States less, and solve fewer puzzles in 'position' and the 'cube root* and made us commit to memory the whole series of the McGuffey Eclectic Readers. The memory that comes from these far-away pages is full of the best wisdom of time or the timeless land.
Página 2 - ... the reader should cover the whole field of morals and manners and in language that will impress their teaching indelibly upon the mind of every pupil. While the chief aim of the school readers must be to teach the child to apprehend thought from the printed page and convey this thought to the attentive listener with precision, these efforts should be exerted upon thoughts that have permanent value. No other texts used in the school room -bear directly and positively upon the formation of character...
Página 12 - The memory that does come up from those far away pages is full of the best wisdom of time or of the timeless land. In those books we were indeed led 'by a schoolmaster from beautiful maxims for children up to the best thoughts of a long line of sages, and poets, and naturalists. There we all first learned the awful weakness of the duel that took away a Hamilton ; there we saw the grandeur of the , Blind Preacher...
Página 40 - Messrs. Truman & Smith took a lesson in 1838. On October 1st of that year Benjamin F. Copeland and Samuel Worcester brought suit in the court of the United States against Truman & Smith and William H. McGuffey for infringement of copyright, alleging that material had been copied from Worcester's Second, Third, and Fourth Readers and that even the plan of the two latter readers had been pirated. A temporary injunction was issued December 25, 1838; but before that date the McGuffey Readers had been...

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