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B0STO.N HICH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS.
'The examination of candidates for admission into this school, was commenced on Wednesday, Feb. 22, by the sub-committee and master, and continued through the three following days. The whole number of candidates examined was 286: of these there were 37 between eleven and twelve years of age, 69 between twelve and thirteen, 72 between thirteen and fourteen, 94 between fourteen and fifteen, and 14 who have attained the age offifteen, since the second Monday of last December, and who were entitled to an examination as candidates, by a vote of the school committee. The candidates were examined in reading, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and writing; and in all these branches the examination was critical and thorough. Every individual was questioned in each of these studies, until the place in a scale previously fixed upon, to which her attainments entitled her, was ascertained with as much precision as the nature of the case admitted. In the opinion of the committee, only 135 of the whole number examined, were qualified for admission; and it was thought that the remainder might pass at least another year, profitably in the grammar schools. All these were, therefore, received ; although 122 was the greatest number that had been contemplated, and for which arrangements bad been made.' 'In many respects, this institution is an experiment; and it cannot be fairly tested, without patient and laborious exertions. A free school for the instruction of females, founded on principles so liberal, is in itself a novelty; but such a novelty argues well for the spirit and improvement of the age, and of the community wherein it is fostered. Although the correct literary education of females is no longer regarded as a subject of comparatively little, or even of secondary importance; this is, perhaps, the first school, established by the public care and supported at the public expense, in which they may receive a systematical course of instruction in the higher departments of literature and science. Much depends, therefore, on the success of this experiment; and it is confidently hoped that the public may not be disappointed in their expectations.'—Pamphlet on the above School.
Afltrr having visited the school, and received the highest gratification from the general arrangements, and the exercises of particular classes, the editor of this work would improve the opportunity of inviting the attention of the public to this interesting seminary. It does honor equally to the city and the instructer. The numerous details of arrangement—all of which manifest experience and ingenuity on the part of the teacher, and punctuality, order, and intelligence, on the part of the pupils, as well as the perfect success of monitorial instruction, present too many topics for the limits of an article of intelligence.
We shall, we hope, soon receive a full account of the whole method of instruction adopted in this school. We shall then have an opportunity of bestow-'ing on it more of the attention to which it is so justly entitled. In the meantime, we cannot refrain from expressing our hope that parents, and all who are interested in the improvement of education, will embrace the opportunity of becoming acquainted with the state of instruction in this school. The necessary means will, we hope, be speedily taken lor rendering; permanent the high advantages which this seminary offers to the young females of our city. At present, as the number of scholars is limited, and the seats are actually filled, no additional class can be admitted this year; unless arrangements are made expressly for that purpose. The benefits of this excellent institution must, in that case, be restricted to the pupils of the present year. It is to be hoped that vigorous and effective measures will be adopted for constantly widening the sphere of usefulness on which this school has so successfully entered. EDUCATION IN INDIA. Charles Lushington, Esq. a gentleman in the civil service of the British East India company, has published, in Calcutta, a highly interesting work under the following title, 'The History, Design, and present state of the Religious, Benevolent and Charitable Institutions, founded by the British in Calcutta and its »i< ii.itv.' The volume is neatly executed, and is embellished with lithographic sketches of the buildings erected for colleges, schools, iic.: it is highly creditable to the state of the press in Calcutta. Much of the work is devoted to accounts of institutions founded for the promotion of education among the native as well as the European population. Considered in this point of view, we have never read any publication which reflects more lustre on British benevolence, or which presents more cheering prospects to the contemplation of minds which are disposed to regard human happiness as dependent to a great extent on education. If circumstances permit, we will return, at another opportunity, to this important subject, and enter further into datail. At present we can do no more than give a list of those institutions which are most immediately connected with the objects of this Journal. These are as follows:The Government Sanscrit College, founded for the encouragement of Sanscrit literature, in connection with the improvements of modern science.
Government Mahomedan College. —The object of the founder of this institution, was to produce from it well qualified officers for the courts of justice. The course of study embraces the Arabic language, general literature, law, philosophy, fee.
Calcutta School Book Society, whose object chiefly is the preparing and publishing for cheap or gratuitous distribution, works useful in schools and seminaries of learning, Asiatic as well as English. This society consists of natives as well as of Europeans;—some of the former are princes and chiefs of high rank. Calcutta School Society, formed for the purpose of assisting and improving existing schools, and of establishing and supporting additional ones, as well as preparing select pupils of distinguished talents by superior instruction for becoming teachers and translators. This society, though independent of the former, maintains a harmonious cooperation with its efforts.
Ladiet' Society for native female education, a highly promising institution, but yet in its infancy.
Benerolenl institution for the instruction of indigent children.—The schools of this society are on the Lancasterian' plan:—aggregate number of children for 1822, five hundred. Upwards of 1000 youth, rescued from vice and ignorance by this institution, are advancing in usefulness to society, and rising to opulence and respectability. School for native Doctors—embracing the objects of general education, as well as of professional study. The enterprising superintendent has already accomplished a translation of several standard works on anatomy and medicine, and has produced several skilful surgeons. These are but a part of the institutions which are more or less devoted to the religious and moral improvement of India, by means of education. We have selected some of the most interesting, and have gone as far as our limits will allow, but we cannot close this article of intelligence without acknowledging our obligations to the Assistant Secretary at the Missionary Rooms, through whose kindness we have been enabled to present to our readers this sketch of the efforts of philanthropy, and the progress of education, in a region so interesting in its moral and intellectual condition. WORKS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. The Art of Reading: or Rules for the attainment of a just and correct Enunciation of written language. Mostly selected from Walkers Elements of Elocution, and adapted to the use of schools. Boston, 1826. 12mo. pp. 68.
Id the hands of experienced and judicious teachers, this compend will be very useful. It gives the substance of Walker's treatises, stripped of whatever is merely theoretic and discursive. The compiler has shown much judgement and taste in his selection of matter; and we cannot help regretting that he has not ventured to take greater liberties than he has, with the system from which his extracts are made. Even by this little abridgement, it would seem that a young scholar must be master of fifty rules, before he can be expected to read well. Walker's chief fault is, that he has spun out his system to so tedious an extent. Nearly twenty of the labored rules of that author might have been condensed into the following sentence, 'Where the sense is unfinished, suspend the voice; and where it is complete, let the voice fall.' See Knowles's abridgement of Walker's system. In a direction such as the above, there is something rational and intelligible, and perfectly true to nature,—something which the pupil can understand as well as his teacher. But in the number and variety of Walker's rules, confusion and perplexity are unavoidable. A second edition of this manual will no doubt be soon wanted; and in it, we hope the editor will add to the value of his work by diminishing the number of rules, and multiplying appropriate examples. Sacred Extracts from the Scriptures of (he old and new Testaments, for the more convenient attainment of a knowledge of the inspired writers. For the use of schools. Second edition. Boston . 1815. 18mo. pp. 360.
That the juvenile reader of the Sacred volume needs a guide to aid him in the selection of such parts as are intelligible to him and are best adapted to instruct and improve him, is matter of common observation. All parents and teachers, however, have not equal time and opportunities for assisting their children in this way. The present volume is one therefore which seems calculated for extensive usefulness. Any commendation of ours would be superfluous after mentioning that the book bears the recommendation of such names as the late President Dwight, Dr. Morse, and Dr. Nott. The first lines of English Grammar, being a brief abstract of the authors larger work. Designed for young learners. By Goold Brown, Second edition. New-York: 1826. 18mo. pp. 108. This little book some teachers may think is not called for; since Murray's Abridgment is already in so extensive use; and perhaps it might have been better, to have had Mr. Brown's improvements so arranged as still to leave the ground to the distinguished grammarian to whom we are all indebted for our knowledge of theoretic grammar. Mr. Brown's efforts however, are we think, so valuable as to be fully entitled to a place in school books on grammar. We have no hesitation in saying, that we consider the First Lines as the most accurate, and every way the most meritorious work on the commonly received plan. Teachers who have felt and complained of the omissions and other imperfections of Murray will be gratified to find a manual which requires so little oral filling up, and so few explanations for the purpose of reconciling apparent contradictions.
An Abridgement of Lectures on Rhetoric, by Hugh Blair, D.D. greatly improved, by the addition, to each page, of appropriate questions. By Rev. J. L. Blake, A. M. principal of a literary Seminary for young ladies, in Boston, Massachusetts. Fifth edition. Concord, N. H: 1825. 18mo. pp. 326. Of the many abridgements of Blair thii ii the most careful and the most judidioiu ire hare seen.
One peculiar advantage which it offers to instructers is, that all the questions naturally or properly rising our of the text, are presented in smaller type, at the foot of each page. This arrangement facilitates the business of the teacher, and, at the same time, furnishes sufficient exercise to the mind of the pupil. The Pronouncing Introduction. Introduction to the English Reader: or, a Selection of Pieces, in Prose and Poetry; calculated to improve the younger classes of learners in reading; and to imbue their minds with the love of virtue. To which are added, rules and observations for assisting children to read with propriety. By Lindley Murary, to which, by the aid of a Key, is scrupulously applied, Mr. Walker's Pronunciation of the Classical Proper names, and of numerous other words, difficult to pronounce, with an Appendix, consisting of words selected from the reading lessons, with definitions. By Israel Alger, Jun. A.M. Boston: 1823. 12mo. pp. 168. The Pronouncing English Reader. The English Reader: or, Pieces in Prose and Poetry, selected from the best writers. Designed to assist young persons to read with propriety and effect; to improve their language and sentiments; and to inculcate some of the most important principles of piety and virtue. With a few preliminary observations on the principles of good reading. By Lindley Murray, to which, by the aid of a Key, is scrupulously applied, Mr. Walker's Pronunciation of the Classical Proper names, and of numerous other words, difficult to pronounce. By Israel Alger, Jun. A. M. Boston: 1824. 12mo. pp. 264. These books are valuable contributions to a general and extensive reformation in the style of reading. The department of pronunciation is treated with a rigor and closeness of attention which it has never before received. Every word in which any mistake could be made, is carefully and distinctly marked. If this edition of Murray's reading books should obtain, as we hope it will, the exclusive currency in our schools in town and country, it would take but a few years to produce a uniform and correct pronunciation throughout the United States.
Io this edition of these justly popular works the progress of improvement in the schools of this country has outstripped that in England. School books such as these before us would be of great service there, in rooting out the provincial peculiarities which are sill suffered to remain in too many places. The execution of these books, we may add, is highly creditable to the publishers. An Outline of Bible History with notes and observations; adapted to the Minds of Youth, and designed for Sabbath and other Schools; with engravings. By Rev. Charles A. Goodrich. Second edition. Hartford. 1825. Ifimo. pp. 108. This outline may be very serviceable in the instruction of pupils who are very young. The catechetical form is perhaps preferable at sueh an age. Other wise, we should have preferred a connected and regular treatise, on which the mind of the scholar might be improved by the exercise of furnishing answers to the questions. There is, we are happy to say, much useful information in this little manual, and it will be found, we think, a valuable assistant both in school and at home. BOOKS FOR CHILDREN. The Chilli's Arithmetic, or the Elements of Calculation in the spirit of Pestalozzi's method, for the use of Children between the ages of three and seven years. By William B. Fowle, Instructer of the Monitorial School, Boston. Boston, 1826: 24mo. pp.104.
This invaluable little work will, we hope, soon be in the hands of every intelligent mother who feels an interest in the early improvement of her children. Nothing of the kind has yet appeared in this country, and it is therefore with much satisfaction that we see this department occupied by a teacher of Mr. Fowle's talent and experience. The book is ingeniously and happily adapted to the class of learners for whose use it is prepared. It is on the plan of No. 3 of the valuable English series of publications, entitled' Hints to Parents,' and is intended to be used ' as an introduction to the more advanced work of Colburn, which has wrought such a revolution in our schools.' We have recommended this book to mothers, but it is equally suited to the teachers or monitors of very young classes at school. We hope the day is not distant, when the establishment of infant schools will afford a wider sphere of usefulness to this excellent little volume. We are sorry that authors and publishers in the department of children's books, should be so indifferent to the opportunity of notice which our pages affords as to leave us unprovided with a single other work of the kind for our present number. We regret this neglect, because we consider children's books as possessing avast importance, from their incalculable influence on the formation of the young mind and heart. We hope we shall not have to reiterate the complaint we have now made.—We attribute our want of books of this sort to the indifference felt towards this department; and we presume we refer the thing to its true cause; for whilst our stock of children's books is exhausted, we have on hand nearly Jiffy school books, sent us for the purpose of being reviewed, or mentioned in a notice. When adverting to this subject, we feel called on to express our obligations to Messrs. Munroe & Francis, of this city, who have enabled us to enrich our pages with notices of many excellent works of the kind to which we have alluded. It is in fact from these publishers that we have received the greater number of books for children, which have received a notice since the commencement of our work. TO CORRESPONDENTS. Received since our last:A communication from the Female Seminary, Troy, N. Y.
Account of the College of Soreze, near Revel, department of Upper Garonne, France. School act of the State of Ohio. Account of the Fellenberg School, Windsor, Conn.—Hopkins Academy, Hadley, Mass.—Classical Seminary for Young Ladies, Ipswich, Mass. Annual report of the Acting Superintendent of the Common Schools of New York.—Public Schools of the city of New York.—New York Female High School. An article on the exercise of the voice, treated as a branch of physical education. Strictures on Murray's Grammar, continued. Review of President Humphrey's Address. Remarks on the present system of Education.