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[From the Religious Intelligencer]

HINTS TO SCHOOL MASTERS.

1. Keep good order, but be not tyrannical and overbearing.
2. For keeping good order, strive to obtain the love and respect of your scholars, and you may then lead them at your pleasure.
3. Govern chiefly by reason and persuasion.
4. Never strike a scholar in a passion, not punish more than is absolutely necessary.
5. Be very careful that you use no partiality.
6. Be patient in the discharge of all your duties.
7. See that what is learned, is learned perfectly.
8. In reading, let the inflections of voice be perfectly natural.
9. Never let any thing pass unexplained, which you have the least reason to think the scholar does not perfectly understand.

The last thing mentioned has been grossly neglected by most teachers, so that many a youth has understood nothing of much that he has committed to memory until his riper judgment comprehended it.

As there are consequences depending upon the manner of rearing the tender minds as lasting as eternity, it is highly important that every teacher should feel that he is forming characters for another world, and his example, his precepts, and all his actions will have an important bearing upon the future destiny of his pupils.

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In this list of hints for school masters, teachers are advised to be reasonable and patient with their students. They are also advised to explain subjects rather than just teach by rote, so the students comprehend what they are being asked to learn. Teachers are reminded that they are in part responsible for forming the characters of their students and thus, they must be cognizant of the importance of their actions. The Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 26, 1827 to June 27, 1837. It changed its name to the Gazette & Mercury.

 

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"Hints to School Masters" article from the Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald
date   Dec 23, 1828
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   6.5"
width   4.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.113


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See Also...

"Teachers' Institute"

"Influence of Schoolmasters" article from the Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald newspaper

Letter from Teacher Mary Montague


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