Letters from Hofwyl

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Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842 - Education - 372 pages
 

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Page 247 - Experience has taught me that indolence in young persons is so directly opposite to their natural disposition to activity, that unless it is the consequence of bad education, it is almost invariably connected with some constitutional defect.
Page 278 - If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth liberally and upbraideth not.
Page 211 - A well-arranged family circle is the place, where each member, by participating in the other's joys and sorrows, pleasures and misfortunes, by teaching, advice, consolation, and example, is inspired with sentiments of single-mindedness, of charity, of mutual confidence, of noble thoughts, of high feelings, and of virtue. " In such a circle can a true religious sense take the firmest and the deepest root. Here it is that the principles of Christian feeling can...
Page 7 - ... it is certainly a good, rather than an evil. If, on the contrary, there exists in these places of education a system of premature debauchery, and if they only prevent men from being corrupted by the world, by corrupting them before their entry into the world, they can then only be looked upon as evils of the greatest magnitude, however they may be sanctioned by opinion, or rendered familiar to us by habit.
Page 364 - We trust, nay we are persuaded, that his zeal and faith, and that of his son, who now so ably co-operates with him , will not yield to clamour, or be subdued by opposition. It was announced to the assembly that another course of instruction would be given to teachers at Hofwyl, to commence in May of the present year, and continue until August ; and the next meeting of the society was appointed to be held at that time. We trust that a large body of teachers are now witnessing scenes, and enjoying...
Page 192 - Buchsee, in which visit we were accompanied by M. De Fellenberg. What we learned from the conversation of this patriotic and high-minded man we cannot find space here to say. His words are better read in the establishments which he has founded, and which he superintends, and in the influence which his example and his precepts have had on the rest of Switzerland, and on other parts of Europe.
Page 324 - But a practical acquaintance with the life and habits of a majority of their pupils is the only means of preparing them fully to enter into the views and feelings of those under their care, to understand their wants and their difficulties, and prepare them for their duties. It also furnishes many important illustrations and topics of remark. It enables...
Page 20 - Instead of pursuing this course, we endeavour, by bestowing the utmost care upon the cultivation of the conscience, the understanding, and the judgment, to light up a torch in the mind of every pupil, which shall enable him to observe his own character, and shall set in the clearest light all the exterior objects which claim his attention. " A great variety of exereises of the body and the senses are employed to prepare our pupils for the fulfilment of their destination.
Page 13 - In teaching the sciences, considerable aid is derived from the method of Pestalozzi, which consists in exercising the reasoning faculties more than is done by the ordinary plan of instruction, and in making the process of learning much less matter of rote.
Page 195 - ... excluding only the ancient languages and the more extensive courses of history and science. It is designed for the children of the middle classes of Switzerland — of farmers, men of business, mechanics, professional men, and persons in public employ, whose means do not allow them to furnish their children an education of accomplishments, and who do not wish to have them estranged from the simplicity of the paternal mansion and of their native village, by the comparative luxury which is necessary...

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