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FIRST PRINCIPLES OF ENGLISH HISTORY.
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FIRST PRINCIPLES OF FRENCH HISTORY.
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FIRST PRINCIPLES OF ROMAN HISTORY.
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FIRST PRINCIPLES OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR.
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FIRST PRINCIPLES OF MODERN HISTORY.
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INDEX TO EUCLID'S PROPOSITIONS.
Euclid I. 1
I. 40 .....
" THE interest of a class of children in Euclid is generally languid in the extreme. It requires an excellent teacher to make Euclid palatable to the majority of a class. The first few children take an intelligent interest in the subject. . . . But the rest of the class know the proposition by frequent repetition only, and thus unconsciously they come to say it and to write it by heart.
“The percentage of boys who are capable of correctly proving a simple geometrical deduction is lamentably small.” 1
A lengthened scholastic experience has proved to me incontestibly the truth of these words. Some time ago I set myself the task of finding out the reason why. After careful observation of many pupils, and patient inquiry into the difficulties they met with, I came to the conclusion (a conclusion I
arrived at by many thoughtful teachers) that the reason is threefold.
In the first place, when Euclid wrote his Elements, more than two thousand years ago, he little thought they would form a text-book for English boys of the present day. And so he constructed his work on a plan which is logically consistent, but altogether wanting in that gradation which is so essential to beginners.
1 Extract from a paper on the Teaching of Geometry, by Mr. P. Magnus, B.Sc. ; read before the College of Preceptors, February 18th, 188