The "Quincy Methods" Illustrated
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Lelia Ellen Patridge
Excerpt from book: THE "QUINCY METHODS" ILLUSTRATED. CHAPTER I. JJreliminarg. The First Work of the Teacher. In the old days it was taken for granted that children knew nothing when they entered the schoolroom, had no power of gaining facts until they were taught how, and that the first thing they should learn was to read: while the thought of the generation of power, as a motive, did not enter the teacher's mind. The New Education changes all this. Now the teacher regards her pupils as bundles of possibilities, and knows that these little men and women have already begun the accumulation of facts. Accordingly she spends several weeks after they first come under her charge in taking account of their small stock in trade: and then, having ascertained the amount stored up, begins her work of helping them to add thereto, following closely the methods they have already pursued under Nature's teaching. Development of Thought and Expression. During the time which the teacher gives to this preparation for regular school-work, there are two things in her beginning of the building of the character of the child which she seeks constantly to developthought and its expression. But in order to do this she must study the children, to know their minds and understand their ways: for, says Colonel Parker, " To force expression before the child is ready, or torepress it afterward, are two of the greatest sins a teacher can commit." Thoughts, it is true they have already, vague, half-formed: nor are they wanting in expression: 'but it lacks clearness, definiteness, and often, from want of good home-training, proper construction. That she may know the value of ideas previously gained, she is continually giving them test lessons, ranging from three to ten minutes in length, upon any and every impor...