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now under the consideration of the legislature. This is a subject deeply interesting to the community; and we shall embrace the first opportunity of presenting to our readers the proceedings of the legisJature regarding it.
FEMALE HIGH-SCHOOL OF BOSTON,
This school will probably go into operation about the end of the present month. In our next number we shall lay before our readers the plan of this interesting seminary.
LECTURES ON THE PHYSIOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY OF MAN.
POPULAR lectures we regard as a branch of adult education which may be rendered very conducive to the dissemination of knowledge. We are happy therefore in baving it in our power to mention the above lectures. They are delivered twice a week at the Pantheon Hall, by Drs. Ware and Bradford of this city, (Boston.)
The following are among the topics which these gentlemen bave selected: food, digestion, circulation, respiration, structure of the eye, of the ear, voice, speech, the senses, the brain, sleep, &c.
From a Correspondent. * Allow one whose feelings are deeply interested in the objects of your Journal of Education, to propose the consideration of Physical Education, as practically treated and conducted by the German literati and also by Mr. Voelker, (if I recollect righi,) in London. I earnestly hope as an invalid myself
, and connected with those very dearly who are so, that you will take measures to procure and diffuse such information as will induce some person,-if possible a German, bred thoroughly in the science—to establish a Gymnasium in Boston and at Cambridge.'
Our correspondent will perceive, by our present number, that the subject of gymnastic exercises is frequently brought forward in our pages. It occurs in the article on infant schools, in the extract from Dr. Griscom's work, and is expressly introduced in the article on physical education, contributed by an individual who has long attended to this subject, and whose communications, we are happy to add, will be continued, till all the information that can be desired, shall be fully laid before the public.
Suggestions such as those of our present correspondent, shall always meet with respectful attention. Our earnest desire is to devote our Journal, our time, and our best services, to every department of education.
Hints to Parents: in two parts. Part I.-On the cultivation of children. Part II.--Exercises for exciting the attention, and strengthening the thinking powers of children, in the spirit of Pestalozzi's method. Reprinted, Salem, 1825. 12mo. pp. 72.
The idea with which this little work sets out, cannot be too often repeated. From an early domestic developement of AAND, HEAD, and HEART, the happiest results may be expected.'— This book is a manual which may be very ser. viceable to mothers, if they attend properly to one suggestion of the work itself:
It is the spirit and not the letter, of the system here recommended, at which the parent should aim.'
The American Instructer, calculated to succeed the English and other spelling-books: Containing a Selection of the principal part of the Words in common use, divided, accented, defined, and their pro. nunciation accurately pointed out, -adapted to the orthography and pronunciation of Walker: Interspersed with instructive and entertaining Reading Lessons. To which is added a comprehensive Abridg. ment of English Grammar. By Rensselaer Beniley. Troy, 1825.
This volume, if kept in its proper place, may be a useful school-book. Its value, however, must depend entirely on its being made the introduction to a larger dictionary, a wider range of reading lessons, and a more comprehensive treatise on grammar. Used as the author seems to have intended it should be, it will certainly serve a better purpose than any other work of the same class.
An Introduction to Linear Drawing, translated from the French of M. Franæcur, and adapted to the use of public schools in the United States. By William B. Fowle, Instructer of the Monitorial School, Boston. Boston, 1825. 12mo. pp. 64.
Whatever trains the eye to precision in the perception of form, or the hand to neatness and facility of execution, creates minuteness and force of attention, and favors clearness and correctness of thought. It is with much pleasure, therefore, that we take notice of this excellent little treatise, which bids fair to hold a res. pectable rank among useful works devoted to education.
Adam's Latin Grammar abridged, and arranged in a course of Practical Lessons, adapted to the capacity of Young Learners. Second edition. New Haven, 1825.
This is an attempt to facilitate the study of Latin grammar by the application of the inductive method. The arrangement is strictly analytical, and of course varies from the common plan. The author relies much on frequent repetition in various forms. Numerous and minute questions are accordingly subjoined to erery lesson. The explanations, which are very copious, are on the plan of the
oral instruction usually given to his first or youngest class, by Dr. Chrystal, DOW rector of the Grammar school of Glasgow.
A Classical French Reader, selected from the best writers of that language, in prose and poetry: preceded by an Introduction designed to facilitate the study of the rudiments of the French, and attended with Notes, explanatory of idioms, &c., throughout the work. Compiled for the use of the Round-Hill School, Northampton. By N. M. Hentz. Boston, 1825. 12mo. pp. 264.
The works hitherto published by the instructers of the Northampton school, have done great credit to that seminary. The superior character of the instruction there given, is well sustained by the French Reader, in its department. The utmost care and fidelity pervade the efforts of the teacher; and a truly classical taste is conspicuous in the selection of the pieces which compose the reading lessons.
BOOKS FOR CHILDREN.
Helen of the Glen, a Tale for Youth. Boston, 1825. 18mo. pp. 142.
This is a Scottish story told in the simple and beautiful manner of Wilson. It possesses of course much of the romantic and of the pathetic character-too much perhaps of the latter. That the tale is highly interesting we need hardly say, since the events are represented as occurring in the times of the covenanters, and in the picturesque country which was the scene of their sufferings.
Lights of Education, or Mr. Hope and his family, a Narrative for Young Persons. By a lady. Baltimore, 1825 18mo. pp. 179.
This little volume is written with the best possible intentions, and, in some parts, with great success. The tales for · Robert,' . Augusta,' and · Harry,' are delightful. The adventures of Moses will, we hope, suggest to the author, that she will render an important and valuable service to the young, by giving them, from time to time, attractive abridgements of such books of travels and voyages as from their size and cost are not usually permitted to fall into the hands of children.
New Tales for Boys. By Madame Delafaye. Boston, 1825. 18mo. pp. 116.
The French are peculiarly happy in a simple and natural manner of composing familiar stories for the young. Instead of adopting the ambitious method of the English, and holding up a character for imitation, they tell an interesting little anecdote, or narrate an incident, which leaves on the mind a single impression. In the little volume before us, we have good specimens of this kind of writing; excepting, however, the tale of the 'Little Quixotes.'
New Tales for Girls. By Madame Delafaye, author of New Tales for Boys. Boston, 1825. 18mo. pp. 123.
This is another illustration of the remark we have made above. The first little tale, especially, shows how succesfully the better emotions of the young heart may be cultivated by the simple recital of a single occurrence. The history of Clotilda,' however, is the counterpart to the story of the Quixotes,' in the tales for boys. Why an author who excels so much in natural and beautiful garrative, should have introduced such stories as these two, we cannot conceive. It is but justice, however, to say that our objection to them arises merely from our aversion to extravagant fiction.
Little Henri, a German Tale, translated from the French of M. Lambert. Boston, 1825. 18mo. pp. 120.
This is an iogenious attempt to impress on the young mind some of the simpler truths of religion. The story is somewhat extravagant; but if the young reader places himself in the situation of Henri, he will no doubt receive many valuable impressions.
Warning and Example to the Young, or the story of Mrs. Neville and her grandchildren. By the author of the Teacher' &c., &c. Boston, 1825. 18mo. pp. 132.
Young children will not reap much benefit from this work. The story may be very useful, however, to young persons who would be unwilling to be classed with children.
Poetry without Fiction, for children between the ages of three and seven, with the Conversations of a Mother with her children. By a Mother. Boston, 1825. 18mo. pp. 119.
This work is intended for a guide to mothers : its object is to cherish in the infant mind, habits of attention and reflection, and to cultivate kindness of disposition, and propriety of conduct.
Joseph Ellis, the Berry Boy. Boston, 1825. 18mo. pp. 28.
A very pleasing little story, which bears a considerable resemblance to · Robert Fowle. The book would perhaps have been more instructive, had Joseph not been quite so faultless.
History of George Freeman, a farmer's boy. Boston, 1825. 18mo.
George is somewhat precise in all his conduct. But his history is very instruc. tive, and especially on the subject of agriculture. This little book is one which we think would do much good in every farmer's family.
(We now proceed to our extracts from Mr. Wilson's book, which we mentioned in No. 1. It seems unnecessary to make any other prefatory remark than that Mr. W. composed his work, with the peculiar advantage of having under his eye, a large and flourishing school of the kind which he describes; and that his book is intended to serve as a guide to persons who feel desirous of establishing such schools, in their own neighborhood.]
This system does not contemplate the intellectual part of man alone: it regards the whole human being as the subject of education. It is designed to correct the moral feeling, the passions, and the heart; as well as to store the memory with that which is excellent and useful, and to give to the judgement the habit of discriminating, with accuracy, between truth and falsehood. The mind itself is, in this system, the first object. The principal aim will have been effected, if that have been called into action, and attain even the incipient energies of future good habits; although nothing remain upon the memory, to manifest immediately the effect of the discipline which has been in exercise. Thus far considered, the end to which this mode of education is directed, will be in a great measure answered, if the child leave the school with the affections and feelings of his heart improved; if, in connection with that which is excellent and of good report,' he be under the influence of a more cheerful and contented view of human life, than is generally present in the mind of persons in his station; if he be prepared