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We wish every schoolmaster, whose eye falls upon this article, to ponder it attentively, until he feels the responsibility of his station. As an incentive to this, we promise every one who does it a rich reward, in the satisfaction which will result from the reflection that his labors are closely connected with the highest interest of his country. Detach your thoughts from the influence of your labors, and they will indeed seem irksome. The hours will seem to linger, which are spent in the school-room. But they will seem too short, to one who thinks of the demands which are made on him, by his country and his God:- Traveller.

"At the recent general election of this state, (N. Y.) the votes of 276,000 persons were taken. In thirty years the great majority of these will have passed away. Their rights will be exercised and their duties assumed by those very children, whose minds are now open to receive the earliest and most durable impressions from the ten thousand schoolmasters of this state.- What else is there in the whole of our social system of such extensive and powerful operation on the nation's character? There is one, other influence more powerful, and but one. It is that of the MOTHER. The forms of free government, the provisions of wise legislation, the schemes of the statesman, the sacrifices of the patriot, are as nothing compared with these. If the future citizens of your republic are to be worthy of their rich inheritance, they must be made so principally through the virtue and intelligence of their mothers. It is in that school of maternal tenderness, that the kind affection must be first roused and made habitual- the earliest sentiment of piety awakened and rightly directed- the sense of duty and moral responsibility unfolded and enlightened. But next in rank and in efficacy to the pure and holy source of moral influence is that of the schoolmaster. It is powerful already. What would it be, if in every one of those school districts which we now count and are annually increasing by the thousands, there were to be found one teacher, well informed without pedantry, religious without bigotry or fanaticism, proud and fond of his profession, and honored in the discharge of its duties? How wide would be the intellectual and moral influence of such a body of men!-

Verplank's Address.

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There is currently no available "Beginner" label. The following is the default level label: This article from the Greenfield, Massachusetts, Gazette and Franklin Herald, addresses the influences that school masters have on their pupils. It preaches that a well educated population is in the best interest of the country. The second paragraph is an excerpt from an address by Gulian C. Verplanck. He was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1825 to 1833, and a regent of the State University of New York from 1826-1870. He feels that the teacher is second only to the mother in molding the character of a child.


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

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Franklin Herald
date   Jan 27, 1829
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   4.0"
height   10.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.114

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