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would furnish the teacher with topics knowing it, he is listed up, in company
WISCONSIN JOURNAL OF EDUCATION.
ting his name under his verdict. Let
OBEDIENCE. witnesses be summoned and give in their testimonies, and let everything be done The old obedience has certainly passed which will bring a just verdict. If difficult points come up, so much the better; away; and it is also true that obedience let the teacher expound them.
has never been, and never can be, bought In a trial of this kind, there will be an svith money. But there is a new obedi. intense interest awakened in every pupil's ence possible, aud no parchment written mind. Each one knows that he has to hy human hand—no gold dug from earthwrite his verdict; and he therefore is exceedingly desirous of understanding the ly mine, can give any man a title to it.case. Ile will listen to the evidence, fol- That title must be written with other low the pleadings on each side, weigh the than human ink, bought with other than objections, balance the probabilities and earthly gold. It must be written on the feul his moral responsibilities. He will desire to do what is right, and especially brow, in lines of strength and thoughtfuldesire not to do wrong. In such a trial, ness, it must be seen on the lip, where how unconsciously would come up the earnest self-respect and habitual self-comprinciples of equity, the rules of morali- mand, and resolution that can die, have ty, the commands of parents, and the will of Gol. Opportunities would occur
displaced vanity, sensuality and pride; it during a year, of teaching every ethical must glow, with a clear and ethereal fullprinciple, and scrutinizing every depart. ness as of heaven's sanctioning light, ment of human conduct. And be it noted from the unagitated eye, in the calmness also, that this teaching is in a form never to be forgotten. Here is a great result; of comprehending knowledge, the deliberthese trials would show what? They ate energy of justice, the disarming magic would reveal the requirements of morali- of love, the constraining majesty of god. ty and furthermore rereal the direct ap liness. plication of its eternal principles to the every day conduct of life. During the
As never before, all men are now flung whole trial, moral truth and christian on their individuality; obedience is seen law would occupy the minds and move to be a thing beyond the reach of purthe hearts of the entire school. The rules of right and the maxims of virtue chase, the possibility of transmission. If would not present themselves to the you can rule men they will obey you ; if young minds there, as a theory or a guess you cannot, there is no help. *** The but as solemn, tangible, binding, iminor-old reins by which men were guided have tal and practicable principles. Each child would get to understand that the been wrenched from the hands of the driprinciples of morality are omnipresent vers; the drivers themselves have, in and almighty; that they are the rules of some places, been rolled in the dust, and the divine government, and that they do trampled in their gore; but a strong and not for a moment relax their benignant, all pervading requirements over the mind, wise man can yet take the seat, and with any more than gravitation relaxes its new reins--the golden cords of love; the power over the body. By such a trial viewless chains of sympathy-still guide each child comes to believe and feel that and control men.--Peter Bayne. morality binds every thought, will, and act, thus connecting him with God and immortality, and thus bringing before him
PUNCTUALITY.-If you desire to enjoy his future accountability, Now where a
life, avoid unpunctual people. They imschool exercise thus brings together mor
pede business and poison pleasure. Make al principle and daily conduct, I ask if it your own rule not only to be punctual this is not the exact definition of teaching
but a little beforehand. Such a habit semorals in common schools?
cures a composure which is essential to happiness.
BLESSED BE NOTHING.
Bartered I thus for my birthright, to say
Blessed be nothing !
Leaden-eyed Mammon, bedizened with
charms; Hands of Briareus, Hercules' back,
Fashion, the pitiless Moloch, whose arms Keen eyes of Argus, and Midas' grave ears,
Stifle and scorch you at once in their fold, I with two hands, and a heart void of fears, Never a cloud edged with silver or gold, Labor, the one gift of life to secure.
Hangs up its curtain 'twixt me and the One, Blessed be nothing!
Shining upon me as clear as the sun.
Keep your mean idols--I choose the divine.
Blessed be nothing!
Ah! burdened brother!
Will not your trappings encumber you there? hold,
O'er the rough current no boatmen will bear Discounts and dividends rapped o'er your
Ingots and coins to Elysium's gate; head.
Heavy as millstones, you sink with their
Bidding good-bye to the world, I shall shout
“Nothing I brought here, I take nothing out breast;
But a soul free for singing the angels' sweet Maize was my supper, a straw bed my rest.
Blessed be nothing!
MAN'S LIFE IS TWO FOLD.
Man has two lives; the one of patient toil,
Of battling with the burly sea's turmoil, While the brown clods leaping under my With stubborn metals and the anvil's sound; plow,
The other is a muze of vision'd things, -
And all the winged spirit may conceive
Of human happiness or heavenly wonder.
0, blest is he who best can interweave
This earthly toil with images sublime;
And dwell mid common things such glories
under! Thinking the thoughts of a client, a name- Most hapless he who racks his weary time Thoughts of your customers, party or town;
In each apart; and rends these lives asunder. Shackled and bent to all thoughts—but your own,
“God's ways seem dark, but soon or late, Senate or White House too poorly wo'd pay. They touch the shining hills of day."
HOW TO MANAGE CHILDREN AT SCHOOL.
[Selected for the Wis. Jour. of Ed. Miss Wescott looked at them kindly, THE SCHOOL MISTRESS, but appeared not to notice them further.
After a short prayer, and reading a chapter in the Bible, she passed around the room, and made some remarks in regard
to themselves and their studies. “The school mistress is coming--the “And what is your name?" she asked, school-mistress is coming;" shouted a laying her hand on Tom's head, while dozen voices at the close of half an hour's he sat with both hands in his pockets, faithful watch to catch a glimpse of our swinging his body backwards and fornew teacher. Every eye was turned to- wards, ward her with most scrutinizing gaze; “ Tom Jones,” shouted he, at the top for children, as well as others, always of his voice, form an opinion of a person, particularly "How old are you, Thomas ?" she of their teacher, at first sight.
asked. “How tall is she !” exclaimed one. “Just as old again as half,” answered
'No, I ain't afraid of her, nor a dozen Tom with a saucy laugh. like her,” exclaimed the big boy of the “What do you study, Thomas!” school.
“Nothing." “Nor I either," exclaimed the boy's "What books have you?" little ally. “I could lick her easy "None." enough; could'nt you Tom ?”
Without appearing to be at all disYes, and I will, too, if she goes to turbed at his replies, Miss Wescott said : touch me."
“I am glad that I am to have one or two “Hush!" said one of the girls, “she large boys in my school; you can be of will hear you."
great assistance to me, Thomas. If you By this time she had nearly reached will stop a few minutes after school this the door around which they clustered, afternoon, we will talk over a little plan and every eye was fixed upon her face I have formed." with an eager, yet thoughtful gaze, uncer
This was a mystery to all, and partictain as yet what verdict to pass upon ularly to Tom, who could not compreher.
hend how he could be made useful to “Good morning, children,” she said, anybody. For the first time in his life in the kindest voice in the world, while he felt as if he was of some importance in her face was lighted with the sweetest the world. He had always been called smile imaginable. “This is a beautiful the bad boy of the school, and he took & morning to commence school, is it not ?" sort of pride in being feared by the chil
“I know I shall love her," whispered dren and dreaded by the teacher. a little pet in my ear.
Miss Wescott comprehended his whole We all followed her into the school. character, and began to shape her plans room, except Tom Jones and his ally, accordingly. She maintained that a boy who waited until the rest were all seated, who, at twelve years of age, made himand then came in with a swaggering, self feared among his school mates, was noisy gait, and a sort of saucy look, as capable of being made something of.— much as to say “who cares for
Heretofore, all influences had conspired
to make him a bad, and perhaps a des "Well, I care," said Miss Wescott, perate character; and she was determined with earnestness; "you are capable of to transform his character, by bringing becoming a great and good man; you are opposite influences to work upon him; forming a character for life, and it deand to effect this, she must first win his pends upon yourself what you become. confidence, which could not be done in a The poorest boy in this country has an better way, than by letting him feel that equal chance with the wealthiest, and his she placed confidence in him.
circumstances are favorable for becoming When school was out, more than half eminent, for he learns to depend upon the scholars lingered about the door, won- himself. I will assist you all I can in dering what Miss Wescott had to say to your studies, Thomas, and I know you Tom Jones. He had oftentimes been bid will succeed. Remember that I am your to remain after school, but it was to re- friend, and come to me in every difficulceive punishment or
lecture, and nine ty," times out of ten he would jump out of
Tom Jones had not been brought up; the room; but it was evidently for a dif- he had come up because he had been ferent purpose that he was to remain now,
born into the world, and could'nt help and none wondered what it could be it; but as for any mental or moral trainmore than Tom Jones.
ing, he was as guiltless of it as a wild “Don't you think, Thomas, that our
bramble of a pruning knife. His father school-room would be far more pleasant
was a bad man, and his mother a totally
inefficient woman. At home he received if we had some evergreens to hang about
nothing but blows, and abroad nothing it-something to make it more cheerful ?'
but abuse. Bad passions were therefore inquired Miss Wescott.
excited and fostered, and his good ones “Yes'm, and I know where I can get never called out. He always expected plenty of them.”
that his teachers would hate him, so he "Well, Thomas, if you will have some whetted anew his combative powers to here by eight o'clock to-morrow morning oppose them, and he had made up his I will be here to help you put them up, mind to turn the new mistress out of and we will give the children a pleasant dnors. surprise. Here are some books I will When, therefore, Miss Wescott declargive you, Thomas; you may put them ed that she was glad to have him in the in your drawer. They are such as I want school, he was amazed, and could not unyou to study."
derstand why she should manifest such “But I can't study geography and his
an interest for him—and to give him a tory,” exclaimed Tom, confidently; "I set of books was perfectly incomprehen
sible to him, Miss Wescott understood never did."
his position and character, and determin“ This is the reason why you think you ed to modify them. She felt that he was cannot,” replied Miss Wescott, "I am equally capable of good and bad action, quite sure you can, and will love them, though the bad now predominated. She too."
knew that his mind must be busy; one “Nobody ever cared whether I learned might as well think of chaining down the or not, before," said Thomas, with some lightning as bending down that wild spiremotion.
it to his books. She would give him em